Clennon Valley

Things have started to pick up today around the ponds from 1 Chiffchaff, now to 5 (4 collybita and 1 non calling presumed tristis). The presumed tristis responded well to tristis song playback - with wing quivering and being inquisitive the other collybita chiffchaffs ignored this recording. It was incredible how the presumed tristis morphed from a very buffy-grey bird in the shadows to subdued olive in the sunlight. It also showed yellow in the supercilium. Prior to the Dutch Birding article I would probably have put this bird down as an abietinus/tristis!  

Photos: presumed tristis top two and bottom left and collybita Chiffchaff bottom right;

tristis? Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML    tristis? Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML2

tristis? Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML3   collibita Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 12 Nov 2013 ML

Posted November 12th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News