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CIMG0439

Observed: 19th August 2012 By: GrizzledBadgerGrizzledBadger’s reputation in BirdsGrizzledBadger’s reputation in BirdsGrizzledBadger’s reputation in Birds
CIMG0439
CIMG0440
Description:

There were 2 of these birds calling to each other in neigbouring apple trees, & feeding.

Identifications
Species interactions

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Thanks for the comments which

Thanks for the comments which confirms my own suspicions, the shots were with alimited range of optical zoom with only a chance of turning out. By the way the call sounded to me like a sweep sweep or syreep.

Brock

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Calls

Willow Warbler's call is rather more disyllabic than Chiffchaff's monosyllabic 'hweet'.

Ian
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The eye-stripe and

The eye-stripe and supercilium both seem rather strong for a typcal Chiffchaff. I have seen a good number of family parties of Willow Warblers in the last few days and these seem to be calling to one anther noisily as they feed (and travel south?).

Some thin exta support for this species perhaps.

Alan Brampton (Benson)

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Family parties

You've done well to see juveniles! I ringed 16 Willow Warblers, yesterday morning, and only 4 were young birds. Normally, that ratio would be the other way round. I think, like some other small birds, they really struggled to breed, this summer.

I also think Willow is most likely, but some larger adult Chiffchaffs can be very similar.

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thanks again for all your

thanks again for all your worth contributions

Brock