Siberian Chiffchaffs

Just love ’em!

No maudling here especially. Just how it is. Hey- our lovely retreat house at Millfield, Norwick. Seriously virtually the LAST HOUSE in Britain 9to the north). Beat that man!

last house 2 (1 of 1)

So what would be the LAST ‘bird’ that I would be able to watch, standing unaided (and alone) and observe and take my own photos. Which one?!

Redwing 6c 8th oct norwick nominate (1 of 1)A Siberian Chiffchaff.

Perfect (some might say what a laugh!)! A species/ taxon that so epitomises the ‘spirit’ of the Birding Frontiers idea. Don’t it?! Enigmatic, unresolved, confounding nature, rare and some might say beautiful. Reasonable accessible for ‘ordinary birders’  – lots of fun in discovering, anyone can contribute (one of THE most important things… )

This bird was just down the road at Norwick, Unst. The most northerly location in Britain. The penultimate day of our holiday.

Blackcaps d 8th oct norwick (1 of 1)A few nominate Redwing could be seen rolling through the gardens. A few Blackcap, Meadow Pipits and Snipe moving, the odd flock of Pink-feet Geese just in. AND this little fella, with 1 -2 Goldcresst, feeding in mixed patch of conifers and rosa rugosa.

It never called – ARGGH- no not really. NO ARGGH I just enjoyed it. Curiously as ever the photos never quite capture the field appearance. It looked striking pallid in the field. Lovely whitish underparts and rather brownish-grey upperparts with a bit of emphasis on grey. It had a wing bar! Which looked more striking in the  than in these  photos.

and I loved it!

Sibe chiff 8 (1 of 1) Sibe chiff 9 (1 of 1) Sibe chiff 10 (1 of 1) Sibe chiff 3 (1 of 1)

Siberian Chiffchaff head patterns

Bumping up the reference side a bit. Do you remember this one from last year? Magnus Hellström does an awesome job. Don’t mis THIS SITE . Now here a selection of some of the Siberian Chiffchaffs photographed at Ottenby last October 2014- for your reference and mine.



ooo and a different view of the upperpart colours on my Norwick bird

Sibe chiff 6 (1 of 1)


A Calling one from last year.

Late on in the day- little gang watching a Radde’s Warbler and this fella started calling loudly and classic tristis from a hedge just south of the Lighthouse at Flamborough. Mint.

You can see it looks ok and acceptable 🙂 Even has some ‘tobacco colour’ in those ear coverts- can you see it?



and my favourite recording.

A bird that came roaring in from the sky ( rare thing) to Halligarth on Unst. It looked great but gave a variety of calls. The same sound can be heard from the nest zones of baby tristis...



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