As spring starts to gain traction, time spent exploring our national park becomes ever more colourful, vibrant and interesting. In fact, March is the time when early spring migrants start to arrive from the African Continent, not in any impressively large flocks but in ones and twos. Recommended as a top spot for seeing these early arrivals are areas of scrub and grassland in St Ouen’s Bay.
Our suggested ‘star challenge’ for the month of March is an immaculate little bird called the Wheatear. With its grey and pale apricot plumage, white tail patch and upright stance, it’s an easy species to identify as it searches for small insects among the short sward grasslands.
Did you know? The Wheatear’s distinct white patch on its rump gives rise to its other name of ‘white ass’ – a bit impolite, don’t you think?