This interesting Chiffchaff was jumping around a bush by my car at the end of Meadow Lane, Bedford today. Its call instantly drew my attention to it - as it sounded a bit plain and monosyllabic. I got a pretty good view of it and it was fairly brown with the only green on the plumage being on the wings and on its tail sides. It had a scruffy cheek with a few feathers out of place but it did have a really nice flaring supercillium. The underparts were dull cream getting slightly brighter towards the centre. The upperparts were grey-brown - all in all it looks pretty good for tristis. Have a listen to the call (below) - mostly pretty even, but one or two calls were pushing towards the 'seoo' end of things. I wonder if its in the variation of tristis? More research needed but it does look good. Chiffchaff at Meadow Lane 8th Jan 2012 by Steve Blain
Well, I reckon its just nice image of birds. Really nice images of birds. In fact, it doesn't really have to be birds if you look down my blog. I started at birds, but it's widened to mammals too. So, really nice images of birds AND mammals then. There, sorted.