The migrating birds that roam the world to live in an eternal summer

Some bird species fly vast distances to enjoy an almost unlimited summer. We are still learning about how they evolved and how they know where to go, finds Penny Sarchet

Life | Columnist 16 November 2022

ENB5TA arctic tern, sterna paradisaea

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I VERY much enjoy autumn’s display of golden leaves and fungi, but as a bird lover in the UK, the real thrill at this time of year is the influx of migratory birds that arrive from Scandinavia, Iceland, Eastern Europe, Siberia and Canada. I am pleased to have already seen redwings this season.

The UK is lucky when it comes to bird migration – in the winter, we get a wide variety of birds heading here to escape harsher conditions further north. And then in spring and summer, we are visited by birds from Africa such as swallows, chiffchaffs and cuckoos that make the most …

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