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Monday, 2 January 2017

Chiffchaffs CBWR (Update 03/01)

Both birds were present in front of the hotel for a short time this morning, one flew off around the front of the hotel towards the Norwegian church, the other just disappeared a short time later. One of the birds called this morning. A monosyllabic weet, not as piping and plaintive as what might be regarded as a typical tristis call but there are certainly similar examples on Xeno-Canto. A couple of extra photos but not sure they really add anything.

Any thoughts on these two Chiffchaffs photographed this afternoon in the bushes in front of St David's Hotel, Cardiff Bay? Apologies for the poor quality, they were extremely active and for the most part against the light.

Through bins they really stood out as being sandy brown above and whiteish below - both birds had the same appearance and unfortunately both remained silent the whole time I was watching them.

I think I managed to get both birds. The tail of the bird in photo DSC_5037 has broad rounded feathers and is either an adult or completely moulted the tail when compared to the narrower feathers of the bird in photos DSC_5047, 5050 and 5052, DSC_5034 may also be this bird as the tail feathers appear narrow.








Phil B said...

Peter - take a look at the sightings page of GBC website for photos of Sibe Chiffchaff Cardiff Bay on 27 Dec. Could one of yours be the same as?

PeterH said...

Had seen those Phil and well aware these look very similar. One of my concerns is that last week I had brief views of two pale chiffs in the bushes around the dry dock by Gloworks and I thought their calls weren't quite right for tristis - but it was very brief - it would have been helpful if either of these had called.