Hello I am sorting out my pictures and have come across a few photographs all taken the same day at RSPB Ham Wall in 2019,
can I have help with the IDs please. I thought 1. was Reed Warbler and 4. Common Whitethroat. Mike
My barely educated suggestion would be 1 chiffchaff.
Edited to add: none of those birds look like whitethroats to me. All of the warblers that look similar: willow warbler, reed warbler, chiffchaff, have a white throat to some extent, reed warbler stands out more, and the eyes look too dark to be whitethroats.
My opinion here is a stab in the dark as I'm just learning, but I'd say 4 at the top looks most like a reed warbler, but I'm not convinced you have a reed warbler in there. I think you have at least one chiffchaff in there and at least one willow warbler.
I'll be interested to hear what posters who know about these things have to say and how wrong I actually am!
Well that's what I see in the picture I linked. I don't think the op pic gives us all the details. But happy for others to have other views. For me it's clearly not a straight forward reed warbler like the others.
If you compare the two birds in picture 4 point for point, making allowances for the difference in posture, the plumage matches exactly. I think they're both Reed Warblers. The upper bird doesn't seem to have any of the rufous tones in the wing that a Whitethroat should have.