Willow Warbler??? This did not sound like a Chiffchaff. Nor did it really sound like the recordings of Iberian Chiffchaff I have heard off Youtube. It did sound to me rather like a Willow Warbler but I'm no expert.
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Brilliant set Bob and well done on getting those Swallow photos, not seen a Whitethroat yet this year.
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I reckon that could be the one, Bob. Maybe the youtube recording isn't accurate/wrong? I'll go looking again sometime when flooding drops a bit more. Rob
Robbo, I am assuming that you are saying that this is probably the Iberian Chiffchaff and not a Willow Warbler. If so you don't need to wait for the water to subside as it appears always to be in the same area - to the left of the lefthand towpath, which is the same area that the Whitethroat appears to be nesting in. I have a recording (iphone voice memo) but it isn't very loud - I would be happy to send it to you if it would help. I don't know if we can post voice clips on here. I could clearly see the bird singing so I know that what is recorded is by this bird.
Thanks Bob. When I was there a couple of days ago, I couldn't walk out of the car park! Sounds in the area I was looking in two other times and only saw and heard a chiffchaff (and lots of whitethroats and blackcaps...only heard one willow warbler each time and it was further down the track). Others have posted recordings on here so is probably possible from iphone. Quite a few recordings here.
Bob try uploading the sound file as you would a photo and see what happens
Ok, hope this works. this is what I heard.
Super pics Bob, first swallows this year?
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Stich, they have been around for a rew days before this but this was the best opportunity to come away with non-blurs(-:).
doggieBob try uploading the sound file as you would a photo and see what happens
My mistake was trying to upload direct from my phone via a USB cable. When I saved the file to my PC first , as a .WAV , it uploaded just as Alan says , no problem.
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Cracking set of pictures, the First Buzzard is a stonker as are the whitethroats and the warbler. Saw my first white throat last year :-)
Galatas, I didn't even connect the phone - I just emailed the file to myself which is why I ended up with the m4a file. changing the file name to .wav.m4a seemed to fool the uploader and when I opened the file it seemed to work with the windows software ok. I will try saving to the pc via the USB cable next time - I assume that you were offered the option to save in a different format? Of course I could have taken a video, which would be an option next time I want sound- its possible that the bird would have been visible.
Thanks all for the help.
Here's a Willow warbler I took a couple of weeks ago. difficult to see the colour of the legs. Chiffchaffs have darker legs as in your photographs.
If it's not outdoors it's not worth watching.
Also there is this very helpful Youtube video .