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Is this a Chiffchaff

Observed: 10th April 2010 By: ls8223
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Chiffchaff v1 (bird reserve riverside)
Chiffchaff v3 (bird reserve riverside)
Chiffchaff v4 (bird reserve riverside)

It's not been easy trying to identify this little bird. Have settled on a Chiffchaff rather than a Willow Warbler but I'm still not sure so if anyone can offer any assistance that would be much appreciated.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) interacts


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Did you hear it singing?

Did you hear it singing? That is probably the best way of identifying them. The Chiffchaff sings its name, while the Willow Warbler has a melancholic song.

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Did you hear it singing?

Yes - although at the time I didn't know the difference between the two bird songs so it wasn't until I got home that I could listen to recordings of both birds to try to identify. Obviously this isn't as good as doing it out in the field as the memory of the sound fades so it's not totally reliable.