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Chiffchaff, Catching Some Rays

Observed: 9th July 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Chiffchaff, sunbathing, Little Paxton, 2012-07-08 004
Chiffchaff, Little Paxton, 2012-07-08 003
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I saw one doing much the same at Rutland Water the other day; and last year, a Great Tit. I suspect this is more common than I thought.

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Species with which Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) interacts

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Simon Walker's picture

The Song! The Song!

Oh, and before anyone tells me to listen out for the song, this one seemed to be mute!

Fenwickfield's picture

sun

I had lots of hens, bantams when I was a child and they used to sit in the sun with there wing spread out sunbathing,I think we only notice things when we start to take more of an interest in the subject.

Sheila

Fenwickfield

Simon Walker's picture

Sure You're Right!

Hi Sheila,
You're right, of course. It was a lovely afternoon here yesterday, quite hot in the sun. Brought out the mosquitos, too. I'm prepared to say that, though I like most wildlife, I'm not fond of THEM! I've just read that a study shows that bite cream doesn't really work, something I've suspected for some time.
I used to use insect repellant, but when you want to photograph insects, that's not to clever, is it? I put up with the bites now.

Fenwickfield's picture

try

try avon skin so soft Forestry commission use it up here in Kielder forest works very well I bought a midge net that you put over your head £5 and keep covered up gave up on the repellent years ago.

Sheila

Fenwickfield

Turnstone's picture

Thanks for the Avon "Skin so

Thanks for the Avon "Skin so soft' tip Sheila. Does it work against clegs I wonder, they can be really nasty at some of the places I visit.

Tony

Fenwickfield's picture

yes Tony

I live were cleggs are terrible and I have had very bad bits up to ten in one day in the past I even get them coming in the house as the surrounding area is full of wet boggy fields and cows so clegg heaven.I used the avon skin so soft and I only had one bite last year and that maybe because I missed a bit of skin with the spray,so I would say yes it works it's only about £5 and mine has lasted 3 seasons.

Fenwickfield

Simon Walker's picture

What the Hell are Cleggs?

They sound AWFUL. I assume it's some sort of biting insect? I don't think I get them in my neck of the woods. I'm glad to say! :-)

PS Just in case, does the Avon stuff have an effeminate odour? I wouldn't want to damage my incredibly masculine image (at 62 fat chance!)

Regards

Fenwickfield's picture

a bit

Does smell a bit but don't put loads on as it goes a long way the smell fades after an hour, or so but it is better to smell of that than the bites as said they are silent then you get an almighty sharp pain when it bites.The forestry men don't mind the smell but remember the lumberjack song by Monty python,the army use it too.

Sheila

Fenwickfield

ophrys's picture

Clegs

Horseflies, the commonest being Haematopota pluvialis and, yes, you do get those where you are (I used to live close by and I got bitten every year). They approach silently and bite a chunk out of you...you would know it if you met one. If you've not encountered one in 62 yrs, you clearly have an in-built repellent!

PS: I was out yesterday, attempting to ring birds, but, while setting up, was descended upon and I counted 31 clegs (really!!) on my trousers and shirt. I had to beat a hasty retreat to my car!

Ian
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Fenwickfield's picture

true

I believe you Ophrys I have seen this on me before it's is like a nightmare would rather have the midges.

Sheila

Fenwickfield

Simon Walker's picture

How odd - I seem to be [almost] bullet proof.

Could be famous last words...

I did get bitten down in Devon a couple of weeks ago. Whatever it was was really persistent, and quite large; there was blood drawn, and I don't know if this was a coincidence, but it got me right above a visible vein in my hand. Quite a sharp pain, but after that, nothing for two days. It was only then that the bite swelled up and started itching like hell.

I put down my general good fortune in these matters to being a truly revolting individual.

By the way, you say you're close to my area; so where are you, Ophrys?

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Cleg

That's a cleg bite, Simon!

I used to live down your way, but East Yorkshire for the last 16 years.

Ian
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Simon Walker's picture

I envy you...

I had a super couple of weeks on a farm in East Yorkshire once. Some fantastic countryside. Too many people round here for my taste.