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Confirm ID central France (1 Viewer)

Mike Beer

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Hello. I took these photographs yesterday in Jaunoux central France. I saw something move in the hedge and pointed the camera in the general direction and took a burst. By the time I looked through the view finder it had gone. Please confirm Chiff Chaff. These are the only pictures I have.



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Alexander Stöhr

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Hello Mike,
I agree with you, its either a Chiffchaff or a Willow Warbler. There are still a few WW around in central Europe, so I wouldnt dismiss this just by date.
I think its one of those "WW-look alike Chiffchaffs", but what a hard bird, at least for me.

  • smooth yellowish underparts are pronounced by warm light, shifting it towards WW
  • I think, the long pp of a WW would be visible here
  • its hard to find a WW with such a contrasting white eye-ring, where white hues are lacking in the rest of the face
  • eye-stripe is to narrow/fine for an ID-book WW at least
  • I would hope/expect to see the dark lower frame to the ear-coverts present in many WW
Conclusion? A Chiffchaff for me, too. But I am happy to accept the point of view, that others might consider this bird as uniadable with 100% confidence.

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