warbler? willow?

Took this is Dorset along coastal path between Kimmeridge and Chapman's Pool.

Willow Warbler? Or ...?

Cheers

  Mike

  • Looks very much like it to me, but I'm notoriously rubbish at ID's..... either way, it's a beautiful picture
  • Hi-

    yup on the big primary projection and pale legs - :)

    S

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  • In reply to seymouraves:

    Thanks for the confirmation
  • In reply to seymouraves:

    Hi,

    Well that answers a question I was going to ask...

    Yesterday we did a circular walk from Worth Matravers, taking in the coastal path between Seacombe Cliff and Chapman's Pool. On the coastal path I saw what looked like a Willow Warbler and later returning to the car a Wood Warbler..? I'm getting back to birdwatching after a long absence so I'm a bit rusty but not rusty enough to know Warblers aren't supposed to be here in October. Seems nobody has pointed that out to the Warblers!
  • In reply to Mike_H:

    Michael R's willow warbler was seen end of August. Seeing a wood warbler or willow warbler on 7th October is far less likely than end of August in UK. Far less likely compared to chiffchaff which are very similar. Chiffchaffs are still passing through our garden, and still plenty about overall. Obviously, being on the South coast increases the chance of seeing late migrants, but I'd be dubious about seeing a wood and willow warbler on the same afternoon of 7th Oct!
  • Hi Robbo, well that's my fault for not spotting the date of the Michael's post.

    This has been bothering me all day as I agree with you, seeing Wood and Willow Warblers in October is highly unlikely. What's nagging at me is the second bird appeared slightly larger with brighter yellow-green upper plumage, it looked like a Wood Warbler. Well so I thought...

    While out walking today I met a birdwatcher from the local area who was very sceptical too. He said without a photo of the second bird, the only sensible explanation is they were both Chiffchaffs, there are quite a few around. He wasn't surprised though that I'd confused the Chiffchaff, Wood and Willow Warblers, need to learn the finer points distinguishing between these three birds... I've recorded both as Chiffchaffs.
  • Hi

    ref warblers in October- this is fairly normal at coastal migration points especially North east and south west-

    I am still regularly seeing Blackcaps, Lesser WTs and Chiffchaffs at the moment and Willow warblers last week-
    I missed a Reed warbler yesterday: They are probably birds from Northern Europe.

    There are still House Martins and Swallows about and I saw 4 swifts last weekend

    S

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  • In reply to seymouraves:

    Hi,

    Interesting... I'm having niggling doubts that what I saw was a Chiffchaff, the second bird was larger and distinctly more green and yellow, also it's legs weren't dark. I'll never know for sure either way.

    This week we saw Swallows and Swifts every day on our coastal walks and in different locations from Peveril Point to Kimmeridge. We also saw Whitethroats between Seacombe Cliffs and Chapmans Pool on most days, not too much of a surprise though given in mid-October we just at the end of their time here.
  • In reply to seymouraves:

    seymouraves said:
    Hi

    ref warblers in October- this is fairly normal at coastal migration points especially North east and south west-

    I am still regularly seeing Blackcaps, Lesser WTs and Chiffchaffs at the moment and Willow warblers last week-

    Agreed, but those species are known for later migration than wood warblers in this specific example. Re willow last week, and SW, I agree and did make the point re "South coast increases the chance of seeing late migrants". Re house martins, I have two still coming back to roost in their former nest here.....or at least they were til Thurs. Chiffchaffs are all over the place here still too, and that has happened ever since we moved here in 2012. Blackcaps are in the garden most weeks all year, though they do 'disappear' around this time for a few weeks, presumably when most Summer visitors and migrants pass through and before replacements from eastern Europe arrive.