16th September 2016

Willow Warblers have been flitting through our garden again, stocking up on berries and fruits as these insect-eaters do in autumn in preparation for their migration to  Europe or Africa. In Spring, it is easy to separate these from the very similar-looking Chiffchaff by their very different songs (see BTO’s comparison). In autumn, when there is no song: Willow Warblers have pinkish-red legs, and longer wing-tips, and Chiffchaffs have dark legs. Unique among our birds, Willow Warblers go through two complete moults in a year, one here and one in winter

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Conditions: Torrential rain clearing, down South. Temperature: Max 19- Min 13C.

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