's song is unmistakeable because it repeatedly chants "chiff chaff".
SHARP-EARED birder Robin Sandham found North Wales' first Iberian Chiffchaff
while cycling through forestry near Penmachno last week.
, a small warbler with a distinctive tailwagging movement, is distinguished by its song that resembles its name.
'It's the Iberian chiffchaff
, for sure--the first one we've netted this year!'
Wildflower meadows and hedgerows are ablaze with colour and bird numbers are boosted by the arrival of summer migrants like chiffchaffs
and blackcaps, who visit the UK to breed.
used to be summer migrants, yet more and more are not bothering to leave for the winter.
"In Black Hawk Down, that scene where Delta Force is leaving Mogadishu and a soldier tries to call his wife," Budney says, "you hear a chiffchaff
in the background!" In real life, the little birds called chiffchaffs
live in Europe.
The most common are chiffchaffs
and willow warblers.
are now widespread and Blackcap numbers are increasing, with Ring Ouzels - the mountain blackbird - the next summer migrant arrival - back on territory in Snowdonia.
In fact, around two million chiffchaffs
are in the process of arriving on British shores in order to spend the summer with us and raise a family.
Reports of chiffchaffs
, willow warblers and black caps have been scarce.
There are still plenty of house martins around, a few swallows and chiffchaffs
, and small numbers of other summer migrants, but the turning season is apparent with the first Lapland buntings at South Stack and on Bardsey.