|Wood Warbler giving shiver-song in Duddingston yesterday|
I have managed to photograph these three species of Phylloscopus (leaf-searching) warbler in Edinburgh over the last few days. Of course, the Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff are common in the wooded and scrubby parts of the city at this time of year. Yesterday's Wood Warbler was a little more unexpected. Singing birds are no problem to identify - as Gilbert White famously noted in describing the three species as Laughing Willow-wren, Chif-chaf and Shivering Wilow-wren.
|Yesterday's Wood Warbler showing off its primary projection and yellow throat|
|A Willow Warbler at Duddingston yesterday had the pale washed out appearance of a more northerly bird. Long primary projection obscured...|
|Note short primary projection compared to tertial length on this Chiffchaff photographed at Blackford Pond|
|Pale eye ring, dusky cheek and (in life) tail dipping behaviour all good Chiffchaff features|