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Old Saturday 26th March 2016, 12:16   #1
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Smile Chiffchaffs

Chiffchaff singing sweetly at Wimbotsham this morning
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Old Saturday 26th March 2016, 14:23   #2
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Reappeared in my Surrey rural garden yesterday for the first time this year. No song or calls yet though.
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Old Saturday 26th March 2016, 17:30   #3
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A thin scattering in Northumbs for the last week or so, but not in good numbers yet.
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Old Saturday 26th March 2016, 18:18   #4
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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.

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Old Sunday 27th March 2016, 08:16   #5
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There were at least 8, probably many more, at Titchwell yesterday, despite the very windy conditions.
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Old Sunday 27th March 2016, 11:26   #6
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A few calling at Fairburn Ings on Friday.
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Old Sunday 27th March 2016, 12:41   #7
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Chiffs still very few and far between in Northumbs; none in my local park yet (usually 5-10 by this late in March)
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Not heard any yet near me - a bit too much above sea level maybe?
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Old Monday 28th March 2016, 20:59   #9
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One. In Whaley bridge park yesterday ,but not singing quite close to you half two
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Old Monday 28th March 2016, 21:17   #10
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a few in Lothian in the past week, one in the trees behind my house today was my first this year.

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Old Tuesday 29th March 2016, 14:47   #11
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It's all winter flocks here still - not a spring migrant to be seen.
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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?
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Been seeing a few for the last week or so here.
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Old Wednesday 30th March 2016, 09:18   #14
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It's all winter flocks here still - not a spring migrant to be seen.
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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.
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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.
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