Iberian chiffchaff on Tresco (and a Montagu’s harrier)

Steve and I went over to Tresco yesterday in search of an Iberian Chiffchaff. A few years ago the Iberian Chiffchaff was ‘split’ from Chiffchaff  into a species in its own right. The two birds look very similar but have different songs.

As soon as we arrived at the Abbey crossroads we could hear the bird singing but couldn’t see it. Soon after it stopped singing altogether. After an hour or so we met up with Spider – a local birder and we went to the location where it was originally found on Pool Road – it was singing there and was clearly visible (but impossible to photograph with a Bridge Camera).

I did manage to record a few phrases of its song.

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This is a photo of an Iberian Chiffchaff courtesy of The British Ornithologists’ Club  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABulletin_of_the_British_Ornithologists’_Club_(2001)_(20420640636).jpg

Spider did manage to get some good pictures of the Iberian Chiffchaff using an SLR with a telephoto lens – see here.

After the success of finding the chiffchaff ( a new species for me and Steve) we went had had a pint of Seven Hops in the New Inn on Tresco. On the way back to the Tripper boat  we saw a Montagu’s Harrier fly across the heath. We knew the bird was about but no one else had seen it that day.

IMG_4473This is Steve Brayshaw – my birding companion for the week

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