Saturday 9 January 2016

Siberian Chiffchaff Rainham Marshes RSPB 9/1/16

Started late this morning walking east from ferry lane against an increasing blowing south easterly, and that horrible drizzly rain that really gets you wet!

A couple of grey wags along the foreshore and two Green Sands was the best I could muster.  Reaching aveley bay car park I headed towards the serin mound.  I was stopped in my tracks by a familiar call that gave me flashbacks to being back on Shetland!  Sib chiffy I said to myself.

The bird eventually played ball and showed really well and constantly calling, very unlike our own 'hweet' collybita this was more of a 'heee' almost reminding of a squeaky door or swing.

The bird had very pale underparts, grey/brown mantle, very black legs and the classic green wing panel, rump and tail, almost snow ball like appearance in dark cover, absolute cracking bird.