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Lesser Redpoll

Acanthis cabaret


Phylloscopus collybita

Most of  the Chiffchaff captured in the Newbury area head for southern Europe for the winter . Many probably head southeast for the Kent/Sussex coast and the short route across the channel to France.

Our European recoveries show three individuals in north and central Spain.

We define Winter as being after October and before March and we have ringed 8 individuals at 4 local sites, in 1973, 1974, 1989, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2010 no recoveries to date.

An individual ringed Carral, Ludina, Coruna, Spain on 15-Dec-2002 was recaptured at Thatcham Marsh LNR, Berkshire UK on the 19-Sep-2004; 1042km.

Two individuals ringed in our area were recaptured at South Milton, Devon, UK in the winter.

Good numbers are captured on migration, much of our netting uses audio lures and we have had relatively good success using these after the breeding season, mostly during August, picking up Autumn movements.

Records:   6000+ birds have been ringed by Newbury Ringing Group; 1967 to 2013

                  36 birds ringed by us have been recovered elsewhere

                  27 ringed elsewhere have been recaptured by us.

Distance:   ringed: Brimpton GPs, nr Newbury, 06-Aug-1999,

recovered : Barajas, Madrid, Spain, 20-Oct-1999

1227 km 2 years 46 days

Longevity:  first ringed as a first summer  08-Sep-2002

last captured 03-Oct-2007

5 years 25 days

The Chiffchaff is found over most of Europe and Asia minor. A migrant, it winters around the Mediterranean coast and north Africa. Some winter further north as far as southern Britain.  Usually found in mature woodland, it can be seen in almost any habitat on migration. Its song is the most reliable way to separate from the very similar Willow Warbler. It is a member of the leaf warbler group of small passerines, all of very similar appearance. Most are separated by ringers checking wing formula; we always record this as miss-identifications are not unknown.

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