Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Vange Marsh - Probable Siberian Chiffchaff?

Spent the morning on the RSPB's reserve at Vange Marsh. In the abstraction ditch near the north-east corner of the reserve, were five Chiffchaffs and a bird that looks the part for Siberian Chiffchaff. All the chiffies showed well at times foraging low down in the abstraction ditch, but they were not always in the ditch, the nearby Blackthorns and Hawthorns appear to be part of their feeding area, and they would disappear at times. This bird has been present since Sunday and was found by local birder Neil Chambers, nice one Neil! I'm by no means an expert on Chiffchaff ID, but the bird does appear to have the correct features according to some literature and is a dead ringer for some published photos of Siberian Chiffchaff. Have a look at Martin Garner's excellent 'Birding Frontiers' blog  here. Below are five images which I took this morning.
probable Siberian Chiffchaff

probable Siberian Chiffchaff

probable Siberian Chiffchaff

probable Siberian Chiffchaff

probable Siberian Chiffchaff

And below is a Common Chiffchaff also taken this morning.

Common Chiffchaff