21st October 2016

Chiffchaff- A blue-tit-sized warbler, very active, flitting through small trees searching for insects among branches, and sometimes out to catch them mid-air. It’s Chiff-chaff call makes it easy to identify in spring, while singing, but less easy to distinguish from the slightly brighter Willow Warbler, once breeding is over. It has darker legs, and tends to feed higher in trees than the Willow Warbler. Most of ours migrate to the Mediterranean over winter but some, like these, migrate in from Scandinavia and increasingly stay over winter. Conditions: Mostly light cloud. Temperature: Max 12- Min 7C.

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff preening in the autumn sun

Chiffchaff preening in the autumn sun

Chiffchaff showing its light eye-stripe

Chiffchaff showing its light eye-stripe

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