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Old 10-05-17, 08:57 PM
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Default Unusual Chiffchaff song?

I was walking the dog this evening and my attention was taken by a Chiffchaff calling. Each series of "Chiffchaff chicfchaff chaffchiff etc..." calls was followed by a series of five or six quiet chirrups a bit like a Whitethroat's crooning call. I could see the bird clearly, but have never heard this aspect of a chiffy's repertoire before. Any suggestions?

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Old 11-05-17, 04:57 AM
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Like a lot of birds, they have different tones and songs
for different moods and times of day,some birds even
mimic what they have heard during the day.
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Old 11-05-17, 02:09 PM
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Youngsters,as in last years birds, often seem to falter when trying out their voice for the first time in anger according to some of the ringers. There is also a slight variation in voices according to area a bit like human dialects.
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Old 12-05-17, 01:32 PM
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Interesting Tony! I shall take more notice of my local chiffchaffs chiffing and a chaffing and see or hear of they add a note or two different!
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