|Posted on April 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM|
Just after 2pm news broke of an Iberian Chiffchaff at Apuldrum. This is a new bird for most Sussex Listers and this is the only day this week that I had a free evening. I was just about to tuck into my Tesco Low Fat Yoghurt (Blackcurrant flavour) and I decided it was best to get permission to leave work at 3pm and inform Kim that I would not be able to pick up our little Angel at 5:30pm.
I arrived on site at 16:30 and stayed to 18:00. This Chiffchaff sp. was seen quickly and it looked like at typical Chiffchaff to me. I've only seen one Iberian Chiffchaff before...I saw the Kent Iberian Chiffchaff that was found by Andy Wraithmell. From what I can remember this bird had two-toned leg colour, bright orange lower mandible, strking supercilium and bright tones on mantle... and it generally resembled something in between a Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler.
I heard this Chiffchaff sp. sing and its song started off as Chiffchaff and contained some of the Chaffinch like notes of an Iberian Chiffchaff. Dave Cooper managed some sound recordings which can be heard on his website. http://eastsussexbirding.blogspot.co.uk/
Interesting bird and glad I went to have a listen.