Saturday, 23 May 2009


had this lovely little bird visit two evenings in a row.Stayed for just a very short flighty time for a bathe flying off when any other bird went near it.Looking through my bird books came up with willow warbler.Looking forward to my more knowledgable pals to confirm or deny.
It was a slim bird slightly smaller I thought than the goldfinch.So delicate but very nervous.

7 comments:

Lynmiranda said...

It could be Willow Warbler or Chiffchaff, they are very difficult to tell apart until they start to sing then you know which is which:-)

swatson said...

thanks lynmiranda if you have difficulty telling them apart...I have no chance lol
Sheila

swatson said...

I have looked at the RSPB identifier and it said that the willow warbler is brighter than the chiffchaff and I would say this was quite a bright little bird especially the underparts

ShySongbird said...

I'm going with Willow Warbler Sheila but as Lynmiranda says they are notoriously difficult, the fact that you particularly mention its nervous habit makes me think it is the WW.

What a delight though, you really do make me envious, your stream seems to be a magical place!

swatson said...

thanks shysongbird,it is the stream that brings the rarer birds into my garden because they tend just to bathe then fly off not feeding.
Sheila

karen said...

Lovely pics sheila, but i have no idea what it is!!!Your stream is like a magnet to unusual species, how i would love one in my garden!!karen x

Jayne said...

Again you are making the need (want not need OH says) for a pond here more noticeable my friend. I have no idea on the ID but lovely all the same!!!
Jayne