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Reed Warbler?

Observed: 17th July 2012 By: PJCPJC’s reputation in BirdsPJC’s reputation in Birds
Reed Warbler?
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jerebarker's picture

Might be Willow

Definitely a Phylloscopus: the bill is too short and fine, and the head too rounded to be an Acrocephalus. The legs look tan and the face pattern & paler base to bill make me think Willow Warbler is more likely than Chiffchaff, but there's nothing conclusive in there.

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Juv

Looks like a juv at the right time for dispersal, so agree it is difficult without seeing more of the bird (primaries mainly). I've seen Willow Warbler families feeding well-grown young well away from their breeding habitat at this time so even that isn't a help.

Jamie from Briantspuddle

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Adult

It's a moulting adult, isn't it...a juvenile would have much fresher plumage and would be yellower beneath.

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jerebarker's picture

Adult

Yes, looks like an adult from the full-res image. Very scruffy, but not looking like juvenile-structure feathers - nor that dowdy look that the very young Phylloscs have straight out of the nest.

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Thanks for all your helpful

Thanks for all your helpful comments.

orchid_b's picture

Ian, I had noticed your

Ian, I had noticed your comment and have been thinking about it. I really meant the fledgling stage of juvs before they had the full yellow.

But I am trying to remember what the adults look like at the same stage. I can't think that I've ever seen an adult moulting - they go very quiet and hide, I thought.

Jerebarker makes interesting and good point about juv feather structure which I don't know much about!

Jamie from Briantspuddle