Watching the elegance of the Willow Warbler

A sunny morning and my garden filled with the sounds of singing birds. All the regular visitors are there and happily flying around to greet the new day. Definitely a lovely way to start a day… While I was watching the birds chasing each other around I spotted a new visitor to my garden. A tiny delicate bird was hopping around on my garden wall. Singing a lovely melodious song and soaking up some sunshine. Giving me enough time to take some photos and find out that this was a Willow Warbler.

Image of Willow Warbler

Image of Willow Warbler
A lot of people find it difficult to tell if it’s a Willow Warbler or a Chiffchaff. And so did I…. I learned after reading up on those birds that the first thing to look for is the colour of its legs. The Willow Warbler has more orange/flesh coloured legs while the Chiffchaff has mostly dark/black coloured legs. If you’re lucky to hear their song you will be able to tell the difference between a Warbler or a Chiffchaff. Mine was definitely a Willow Warbler….

Image of Willow Warbler

Image of Willow Warbler

Image of Willow Warbler
The Willow Warbler is marked with the Amber status which means that the population has decreased over the past 25 years (almost 70% for the UK) but it seems to be recovering slowly again. So maybe I was lucky to spot one around in the UK. You will probably get more lucky in Scandinavia as it is the most common bird to be seen there.

Image of Willow Warbler
I don’t think I will see it in my garden that much anymore for the next couple of months, as it will migrate back to Southern Africa after September. But I sure hope it will return again next year. Have a safe flight my little friend!

2 Comments

  1. Sheena Findlay says:

    Cindy that is really beautiful. Thank you for pointing out the differences between the Chiffchaff and the Warbler. I hope, for all our sakes, that this gorgeous bird does return to your garden next year. We’ll all benefit from your sightings 🙂

    1. Cindy Vriend says:

      thanks so much Sheena! It took me a while before I found out how to identify this little cutie 😉

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