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Tw Posted 15-Sep-2017 16:03
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Hi all,
Snapped at Titchwell Marsh last week - although it doesn't look quite like the pictures in my bird books (do they ever!) is it a Chiffchaff? 
Thanks, Terry.

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Karmann65 Posted 19-Sep-2017 14:14
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Hi Terry.

Chiffchaff are very similar to Willow Warblers and as such are often mistaken for each other.

Looking at your lovely clear picture, this bird has very dark legs which would indicate that it is indeed a Chiffchaff. A Willow Warbler has pale legs (think of a thin Willow branch colour). Other colour distinctions between the two are far more subtle but then there's always song and tail flicking to go off.

Once again, great picture!

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Tw Posted 20-Sep-2017 10:59
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Thanks for your reply Karmann65.  I was hoping I would hear it sing before it flew off but unfortunately  it didn't oblige! 
Cheers, Terry.

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