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Nigel Davies Saturday 26th March 2016 13:16

Chiffchaffs
 
Chiffchaff singing sweetly at Wimbotsham this morning

MTem Saturday 26th March 2016 15:23

Reappeared in my Surrey rural garden yesterday for the first time this year. No song or calls yet though.
Mick

Nutcracker Saturday 26th March 2016 18:30

A thin scattering in Northumbs for the last week or so, but not in good numbers yet.

Grahame Walbridge Saturday 26th March 2016 19:18

It has been a very slow start to spring 2016 thus far. At Portland we recorded are first migrant Chiffchaffs on the 5th (two trapped) and the peak has been a very lowly 30 on 22nd.

Our first Willow Warbler today.

Grahame

honeym Sunday 27th March 2016 08:16

There were at least 8, probably many more, at Titchwell yesterday, despite the very windy conditions.
Martin

Gaz Shilton Sunday 27th March 2016 11:26

A few calling at Fairburn Ings on Friday.

Nutcracker Sunday 27th March 2016 12:41

Chiffs still very few and far between in Northumbs; none in my local park yet (usually 5-10 by this late in March)

halftwo Monday 28th March 2016 17:53

Not heard any yet near me - a bit too much above sea level maybe?

peter hill Monday 28th March 2016 20:59

One. In Whaley bridge park yesterday ,but not singing quite close to you half two

david kelly Monday 28th March 2016 21:17

a few in Lothian in the past week, one in the trees behind my house today was my first this year.

David

halftwo Tuesday 29th March 2016 14:47

It's all winter flocks here still - not a spring migrant to be seen.

lazza Wednesday 30th March 2016 08:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by halftwo (Post 3376872)
It's all winter flocks here still - not a spring migrant to be seen.

As a bit of a novice, can I ask.... How do you know?

I had my first chiffchaff of the year in Northumberland a whole week earlier than I've seen/heard one before (on 13th March) and was told on this forum (and other places) it would have been a resident. I guess the timing was important for my sighting - being too early to be a spring arrival - but how do you know the flocks you are seeing are over-wintering birds?

ClarkWGriswold Wednesday 30th March 2016 08:56

Been seeing a few for the last week or so here.

Nutcracker Wednesday 30th March 2016 09:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by halftwo (Post 3376872)
It's all winter flocks here still - not a spring migrant to be seen.

Quote:

Originally Posted by lazza (Post 3377273)
As a bit of a novice, can I ask.... How do you know?

I had my first chiffchaff of the year in Northumberland a whole week earlier than I've seen/heard one before (on 13th March) and was told on this forum (and other places) it would have been a resident. I guess the timing was important for my sighting - being too early to be a spring arrival - but how do you know the flocks you are seeing are over-wintering birds?

I'm thinking Halftwo is meaning winter thrush flocks - Whatever time of year Chiffies don't really form flocks, just loose gatherings at best.

But yes; telling when an individual Chiff is a wintering bird, or a new spring arrival, is little more than educated guesswork. If you hear just one, and it's calling but not singing, then it's more likely a wintering bird; if you suddenly hear 3 singing in a smallish area, then likely spring arrivals. I'd generally tend to say a Chiff in our area before about 15 March is likely a wintering bird, but it can vary from year to year.

halftwo Wednesday 30th March 2016 10:01

Yes, Lazza, Nutcracker is right - I was referring to winter thrush flocks.
We don't have overwintering Chiffies here - so any spring singer is new in.
Still nowt this am.

halftwo Saturday 2nd April 2016 16:42

One singing in the valley this pm.


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