The vernal equinox occurred at 21:58 on 20th, marking the official start of spring, as far as I’m concerned. Almost bang on cue, 40ish hours later, I heard my first chiffchaff of the year chiffing and chaffing for all it was worth from some gloriously becatkinned goat willows at the side of the B&Q car park in Halifax. Edgeland habitats often bring unexpected thrills like this.
“…wonderful. Science and history and geography and evolution and culture all tangled up in musings while walking about the moors around Hebden Bridge.”—PZ Myers
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