Chiffchaffs and Willow Warbler ID quiz
WORKING your patch in early spring, you notice a movement in the dead herbage. Raising your bins, you discover its source to be a small greenish Phylloscopus warbler.
However, this plainness is part of the problem – how are you going to ID this silent bird? Is it a Common Chiffchaff, dispersing north? Could it be a Willow Warbler fresh from Africa? Or could it even be the very rare Iberian Chiffchaff, overshooting from its Mediterranean home? Fortunately, armed with our photo ID guide (available in our April 2017 issue), you are able to note each tiny detail and come to a conclusion on its identity.