You see I managed to get quite 'up-close and personal' with one of the Chiffchaff and found a very brown toned specimen with a buffish chest and supercillium, much similar in character to abietinus birds from Scandinavia (which I have seen many times wintering in the U.K.). A true migrant colybitta Chiffchaff would surely be more yellowish/green toned at this time of year wouldn't it?
Or perhaps it was just one of last years juveniles not yet moulted through? (although it was singing like a gud-un)!
|Today's bird was a much darker specimen even than this!|
Teal (16) - Shoveler (2) - Gadwall (2) - Chiffchaff (2) and Willow Tit (1)
Greylag (4) - Teal (1) - Gadwall (4) - Goosander (16) and two Oystercatcher.
Weather should be picking up by the end of the week so perhaps a few more summer migrants to be found. I will keep you posted - Chaz