A Mixed Singer
These spice up someone’s spring each year and threaten to go down as Iberian or Siberian Chiffchaffs. This one found on 7th April by Jim Clarke near my morning school drop-off, was intriguing. On first hearing it, it had something of the ‘Coal Tit’-like quality of Siberian Chiffchaff song. Having spent a bit a time with it, however it was not right. It regular gave full normal Chiffchaff song and several times gave Chiffchaff ‘swee’ call. It also gave the very different pseudo- Siberian song often ending in little Willow Warbler-like flourish. So the assumption is that it is a Chiffchaff which has learnt/ incomporated some aspects of Willow Warbler song and the resulting ‘mixed song’ sounds, in part, a bit like a Siberian Chiffchaff.
Have a listen <HERE>
Here’s the bird. Funny how hard it can be to ascertain the colours on Chiffchaffs sometimes. This bird also genuinely looked rather brown and buff and even seemed to have a ‘mock’ pale wing bar at times, but I just think it was poor views and lighting high up in the canopy that made it hard to ‘read’ the plumage.