Phylloscopus collybita

Chiffchaff - Summer visitor. Very similar to the Willow Warbler but with black legs. The call mainly tells them apart. Chiff-chaff chiff-chaff .... as the name suggests. Strangely they do not seem to sing in trees higher than around 5m. The female builds a domed nest with a side entrance, made from dead leaves and grass. Two to seven cream eggs with reddish-purple or blackish spots, are laid and incubated by the female for 13–14 days; the female cares for the young for about two weeks until they fledge. Taken in Allestree Derby, Ballinaglera and Portugal.

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