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WARBLER ID please. (1 Viewer)

Ian Byrnes

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Good Morning...took this shot in the Wyre Forest, Worcestershire over the weekend & can't get a proper ID.
Can you help please.
(Got no call by the way)
Regards
Ian
 

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Alexander Stöhr

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Hello Ian,

when you identified it in the field as a Chiffchaff, than it was one. There is more visible/judgeable there than in pictures. I agree with you and Rob, that this isnt a Melodious Warber, but although it was one of those difficult to ID very young Chiffchaffs/Willow Warblers on first jizz, there was a strange feeling. Looking for reasons produced this:
  • strong legs
  • appearant unusual head pattern with the upper eye-ring whiter and more prominent than the lower half
  • slightly unusual, broad shaped bill-shape
I am not at the best screen to judge yellowish and buffish hues rhight now, so I skip these.
I hope this doesnt come out as an offense, as it might well be a Chiffchaff, but: do you have more pictures, that help to eleminate a juvenile Garden Warbler with confidence?
 

Ian Byrnes

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Hello Ian,

when you identified it in the field as a Chiffchaff, than it was one. There is more visible/judgeable there than in pictures. I agree with you and Rob, that this isnt a Melodious Warber, but although it was one of those difficult to ID very young Chiffchaffs/Willow Warblers on first jizz, there was a strange feeling. Looking for reasons produced this:
  • strong legs
  • appearant unusual head pattern with the upper eye-ring whiter and more prominent than the lower half
  • slightly unusual, broad shaped bill-shape
I am not at the best screen to judge yellowish and buffish hues rhight now, so I skip these.
I hope this doesnt come out as an offense, as it might well be a Chiffchaff, but: do you have more pictures, that help to eleminate a juvenile Garden Warbler with confidence?
Thanks for your help Alexander & Trystan. I have no more pics but I'll settle for a Chiffchaff as I have nothing else to go on.
Many thanks.
 

Ian Byrnes

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That's an amazing sighting. Hope it convinces the relevant committes. Cheers.
It certainly did convince many...the recorders for Warks & Worcs photographed and registered it. A fantastic find. Unfortunately when it comes to it my knowledge falls very short of some of our local experts. I have identified a few semi rarities myself like Redpoll Icelandica & what I thought was a Marsh Warbler. Although photographs were taken unless experts see their habits, peculiarities & hear their call,the identification often will fall back to safety.
Thanks for your comments
Ian
 

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