Tuesday, 20 July 2010


I started off this spring determined to get at least a bit of a handle on Warbler identification.
Success has been limited to say the least. I can identify a few by their call but when it comes to visual, the Chiffchaff and Willow have won 10-0..... at half time.
Even when I get a photo like this one I'm still struggling.

So put me out of my misery and let me know what it is.


Andrew Kinghorn said...

I would say Willow Warbler because generally Chiffchaff has black/dark legs and not a peachy colour like seen in your photo. However in bad light conditions you can imagine that is difficult to see.

- Dark legs
- Not as distinct supercilium.

Willow Warbler:
- Quite a pale cheek
- Distinct supercilium
- Cleaner below than a Chiffchaff
- Longer primary projection than shown on Chiffchaff

Citybirding said...

Thanks Andrew, I'll keep in mind the points you have provided.

Andrew Kinghorn said...

No problem Dick. Happy I can help :)