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Baltic birdsong for Spring: Chiffchaf, Wood Pigeon, Wren

The days are longer and everything is waking up after a long, hard winter. Spring is also the time when migratory birds return to Latvia. But which ones, and how can you recognize their songs?

Here's another selection of the original twittersphere's greatest hits so that by the time you're swinging lazily in a sun-drenched hammock you won't even need to open your eyes to know what's up in the branches above.

The recordings are courtesy of ornithologist Edmunds Račinsks, with photographs from Jānis Jansons.


Both the English and Latvian (Čučiņš) names of this little bird seem to be derived from its song. They are not alone: in Dutch it is the tjiftjaf, in Finnish the tiltaltti and in German the delightful Zilpzalp.

Čunčiņš vītero


Wood Pigeon

Some pigeons stay with us over the winter, but these starting to arrive en masse in March and can be heard commonly from April. Coo!

Lauku balodis vītero




The tiny wren proves size doesn't matter if you want to get noticed, possessing a strength in its song that puts many larger birds to shame. It is also a prodigious consumer of insects.

Paceplītis vītero
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