Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Chiffchaff trouble

Tell me why this bird isn't a Common Chiffchaff.

It was photographed at Fishers Green, Lee Valley, England last Sunday afternoon.

Any thoughts?

Chiffchaff (Russell Spencer)
Chiffchaff - back end (Russell Spencer)


Anonymous said...

Chiffchaff photographs are notoriously tricky to interpret. Sometimes just a few additional lines of a traditional description can be useful, however, that seems to be going out of the window these days.

It looks to have olive tones and to be a collybita, but what did it look like in the field?

Anonymous said...

obviously not too bothered then?

why post in the first place?