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.
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.
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.