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small brown bird, Netherlands, Amsterdam 9th of July 2021 (1 Viewer)


Frank van de Velde
Today I saw this small brownish bird actively foraging high up in the trees, it was calling but I didn’t recognise its call. Area was parkland, with water nearby and a lane with large trees in which the bird was foraging.
Its bright orange bill struck me. Willow warbler could be likely perhaps. But would one have such an orange bill?

It would be great if someone could help me with the ID.

bye, Frank


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Frank van de Velde
Thank you, Pyrtle,

The orange bill (possibly exaggerated by the upward angle) is something for me to take into account then, when id-ing Chiffchaffs. Good to know!



Frank van de Velde
Hi RB,

Good that you mentioned that. Such an exaggeration caused by light and angle could well have happened here indeed. In any case, the orange bill feature threw me off the ID of this bird. At least I learned to take this bill colour (or the lack thereof) not for granted in future observations of small brown warblers...

Thank you,

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