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Chiffchaffs (1 Viewer)

MTem

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

Grahame Walbridge

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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.

Grahame
 

honeym

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

Nutcracker

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

lazza

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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?
 

Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
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?

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

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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.
Still nowt this am.
 

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