Siberian Return?

Just as I was about to leave for Sheffield on Friday, Steve James text about another pale Chiffy at Barrow Sewage Works. Fortunately Dave Gray was able to get there Friday afternoon and got some nice images of what to me looks a nailed on Siberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis. Question is… can a small patch of bushes attract two Siberian Chiffchaff in one year or is this the returning bird from last winter.

Siberian Chiffchaff © Dave Gray

Siberian Chiffchaff © Dave Gray

Here are a couple of pretty crappy shots I got of the bird back in March. On the first one you can see the yellow at the bend of the wing.

Siberian Chiffchaff

Siberian Chiffchaff

Siberian Chiffchaff

Siberian Chiffchaff

This morning I met up with Steve James, Dave arrived as I was leaving but we didn’t see any Chiffchaffs, my only warbler was a male Blackcap. I guess there will be some dissenting voices in the county that we can’t have it if it doesn’t call but that doesn’t seem to bother the Shetland birders – see here.





One response to “Siberian Return?

  1. I haven’t heard any dissenting voices yet, but in any case I would argue that the criteria are different for what appears to be a returning bird. Last winter’s bird was potentially the first definite tristis (on modern ID criteria) for the county, so yes it really needed to be heard calling/singing to confirm it beyond doubt. But when an identical looking bird turns up at the same site 7 months later, I think it’s reasonable to assume it’s the same individual. And even if it’s not, which can’t be proved one way or the other, it looks exactly the same, so we might as well call it a tristis until anyone can prove that it’s not!

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