17th August 2015

Willow Warbler- I’m feeling lucky. I’ve tried to get a good photo of Willow Warblers for ages- Sian’s done much better than me. 

Willow Warbler- showing the long wing feathers

Willow Warbler- showing the long wing feathers

Wilow Warbler

Wilow Warbler

Willow Warbler- its legs are reddish

Willow Warbler- its legs are reddish

Willow Warbler- the eye-stripe is usually brighter than The Chiffchaffs.

Willow Warbler- the eye-stripe is usually brighter than The Chiffchaffs.

They are so quick and usually stay up among the trees but after doing that for a while this one became interested in where all the other birds were feeding. Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers sing differently but look similar. They aren’t singing at present so the wonderful BTO site had a great video to help me tell the difference by sight. Willow Warblers have brighter eye stripes, longer wing-feathers (because they migrate further) and definitively, if you get a good look, reddish legs compared to the Chiffchaffs dark legs. At last I got a good look! Conditions: Cloud with sunny intervals and little breeze. Temperature: Max 20- Min 13c.

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