In reply to TeeJay:
So enjoyed looking through all your photos, folks! What a dream day out you all had.
In reply to Lindybird:
Thanks for sharing your lovely photo's, glad you were all able to meet and have a fantastic day out :-)
In reply to aiki:
Fabulous report and photos all round. Love the noisy toad. That cuckoo shot is superb aiki. Glad you all enjoyed the day and thanks for sharing your adventures with us
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In reply to bramble67:
I'm going to post three more pictures - I'm going to have to ask very nicely what they all are!! I think the third one is a chiffchaff but I'm not sure about the others:
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In reply to Clare:
Thanks for adding more fab pics, Clare and Limpy :) These three warblers are 1) the mixed-singer warbler, which was doing a mix of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler song, 2) Chiffchaff, 3) Sedge Warbler.
I've done some reading up on the mixed-singing thing and am not really any the wiser. One theory is that the bird imitates the other species' song to discourage individuals of that species from moving into its territory, another is that mixed singers are hybrids. I liked the idea that we should call them 'Whiffwhaffs' :) Plumage and structure-wise, this particular bird looked like a Willow Warbler to me, albeit a rather drab one.
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aiki said:I liked the idea that we should call them 'Whiffwhaffs'
That made me smile. Isn't that what our revered Mayor of London (BoJo) calls table tennis.?
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Thanks, Aiki - love the word Whiffwhaff! I could certainly apply that to Limpy and our daughter the next time they have baked beans!
Thanks Clare, Aiki and Limpy for all your great photos added to this thread and a special thanks to all who have added their king remarks and praise to us all, I've said it once but hey who cares it was a great day with great company. Regarding the Whiffwhaff we were not the only birders to find it, Howard Vaughan blogged about the same bird.
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Nice photographs Shane, I was over Rainham on Sunday trying to get a shot of the Kingfisher, no such luck, got some nice ones of the Mute Swans fighting, I may pop over there this Sunday for a second attempt.
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