This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Siberian Chiffchaff

This seems to becoming a bit of a habit, but do you remember....

This bird?

Well, on walking out of the front door, what should appear in front of me?

Yes, you've guess it, that Chiffchaff. Much better and prolonged views confirmed it to be a Siberian Chiffchaff.

Note the tan coloured ear-coverts and how the colouration continues as a pale suffusion onto the breast sides and the buff supercilium. Note how the eye-ring above the eye is lost among the buff colour of the supercilium, leaving only the eye-ring below the eye being obvious. Note the brown crown, with a slightly darker area towards the crown sides immediately above the supercilium.

Notice how, in the next photo, the appearance of this bird changes when photographed in the shade. Certain angles show this bird showing pale lores.

How pallid is this wee beastie? Note the faint pale wing bar and contrasting dark alula. Note the green fringes to the flight feathers.

How cute is that, eh?

Who said Chiffchaffs were boring?

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