Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Chiffchaff






The Chiffchaff is one one of the earliest migrants to return to our shores in Britain. They start to appear in March and start to sing their onomatopoeic song immediately. There are approximately 800,000 breeding territories of this bird in the U.K.

A bird that is smaller than a Blue Tit, with dull green upperparts, off-white underparts, dark legs and a rather indistinct pale supercilium. This bird is superficially very similar to its cousin, the Willow Warbler, but can be told apart, not least when they start to sing!

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    1. Thanks Modesto Viegas, too kind.
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  2. Great shots and a nice post!

    Shantana

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Shantana! I try my best! ;)
      J

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  3. Beautiful close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  4. What a beauty and fantastic details.

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    1. Hi Poetic Shutterbug!
      Thanks for the visit and the kind words!
      J

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  5. Great photos - especially beautiful against that blue sky.

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    1. Thanks Mick,
      Yes, at the time of taking the photos blue sky was a novelty, thankfully, it`s become a bit more normal now! ;)
      J

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  6. What a cute little bird. I love the shot of him singing.

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    1. Thanks Pat, they are lovely little birds, that often go unseen.
      J

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  7. Beautiful pictures you show.
    Wishing you a good day.
    Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

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    1. Thanks Hanne,
      You have a good day too.
      J

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  8. Lovely shots as are the previous Nightingale ones. I often hear Chiffchaffs but have yet to see one.

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    1. Thanks John, too kind.
      A bird that is smaller than a Blue Tit can go quite easily unseen, but I am sure you will see one at some point.
      J

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  9. I love them! They seemed to be calling their name everywhere I went yesterday, always managing to stay just out of sight of course ;-)

    Lovely captures John.

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    1. Thanks Jan,
      Yes, just in case you don`t know what they are, they are constantly telling you!
      J

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  10. Enjoying reading your blog! That Chiffchaff is so cute. :)

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    1. Thank you Omi, glad you enjoy my waffle!
      J

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    2. Just realised that you are now `Following`, thank you, too kind.
      J

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  11. Brilliant photos of a Chiffchaff.

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