Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Species
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita). Male. Taken at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon., on Apr 13th 2014.
Male. Taken at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon., on Apr 13th 2014.
(1/320th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita). Juvenile. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on August 14th 2016.
Juvenile. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on August 14th 2016.
(1/320th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 10 - 12 cm

The Chiffchaff is a small olive-brown warbler which actively flits through trees and shrubs, with a distinctive tail-wagging movement. Less bright than the similar Willow Warbler and readily distinguished by its song.

It can be found in most of the British Isles in summer, excluding more mountainous areas. Some birds spend the winter in southern England, but the majority migrate southwards to the Mediterranean.

Chiffchaffs breed in open woodland with tall deciduous trees and moderate scrub layer.

They are usually the first warblers to arrive in spring, and are easy to spot before trees are in full leaf.

There are about 1.2 million breeding territories in the UK, and between 500 and 1000 birds spend the winter here.

Sightings

16-Jul-2019 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (2)
11-Jul-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3juv)
10-Jul-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
04-Jul-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
30-Jun-2019 : Silchester Common, Hants (h)
29-Jun-2019 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (h)
28-Jun-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
27-Jun-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
22-Jun-2019 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
20-Jun-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
18-Jun-2019 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
16-Jun-2019 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
16-Jun-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
15-Jun-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
09-Jun-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
06-Jun-2019 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (2)
06-Jun-2019 : Stockbridge Down, Hants (1)
03-Jun-2019 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
03-Jun-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
02-Jun-2019 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
02-Jun-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (h)
01-Jun-2019 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (1)
01-Jun-2019 : Ardley Quarry, Oxon (1)
27-May-2019 : Lardon Chase, Berks (h)
16-May-2019 : Abingdon, Oxon (h)
13-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
12-May-2019 : Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (h)
11-May-2019 : Abingdon, Oxon (2)
11-May-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (h)
07-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
02-May-2019 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (1)
01-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
30-Apr-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
29-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
28-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
26-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
21-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
20-Apr-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
20-Apr-2019 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
19-Apr-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1+)
18-Apr-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (5+)
17-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1+)
14-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
13-Apr-2019 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1+)
10-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
07-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
03-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
01-Apr-2019 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (2)
31-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
30-Mar-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
28-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
26-Mar-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2+)
25-Mar-2019 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
24-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
23-Mar-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4+)
23-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2h)
21-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)

17-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
16-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
14-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
06-Sep-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5 juv)
25-Aug-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
06-Aug-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
19-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
01-Jul-2018 : Silchester Common, Hants (h)
28-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (h)
26-Jun-2018 : Latterbarrow, Cumbria (h)
21-Jun-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (h)
20-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
18-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
18-Jun-2018 : Bernwood Forest, Bucks (h)
18-Jun-2018 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
14-Jun-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (h)
08-Jun-2018 : Barnwell Country Park, Northants (h)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
06-Jun-2018 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
03-Jun-2018 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (h)
03-Jun-2018 : Stockbridge Down, Hants (h)
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
27-May-2018 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (1)
26-May-2018 : Lardon Chase, Berks (h)
26-May-2018 : The Holies, Berks (h)
22-May-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
18-May-2018 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
17-May-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (h)
15-May-2018 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (1+)
15-May-2018 : Lardon Chase, Berks (1+)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
09-May-2018 : Rodborough Common, Glos (h)
07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
05-May-2018 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (3)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Apr-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (h)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
21-Apr-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (2)
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
18-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
17-Apr-2018 : South Hinksey, Oxon (1)
16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2+)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
05-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2+)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3h)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2+)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
14-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)

09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (h)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
22-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
20-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (1)
20-Sep-2017 : Cheyne Weare, Portland, Dorset (2)
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (2)
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5+)
29-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon ((h))
29-Aug-2017 : Lid's Down, Oxon (1)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
13-Aug-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (2)
10-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
02-Jul-2017 : Fence Wood, Berks (h)
01-Jul-2017 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
01-Jul-2017 : Bernwood Forest, Bucks (h)
01-Jul-2017 : Waterperry Wood, Oxon (h)
24-Jun-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (h)
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1+)
15-Jun-2017 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
14-Jun-2017 : Daneway Banks, Gloucs (h)
14-Jun-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos (2)
11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
03-Jun-2017 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
03-Jun-2017 : Abingdon, Oxon (1)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
27-May-2017 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (1)
21-May-2017 : Abingdon, Oxon (1)
20-May-2017 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (1+)
14-May-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos (h)
14-May-2017 : Rodborough Common, Glos (h)
07-May-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
07-May-2017 : Lardon Chase, Berks (h)
02-May-2017 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
02-May-2017 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
01-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2h)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
22-Apr-2017 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
21-Apr-2017 : MoD Arncott (h)
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
15-Apr-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1h)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
11-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
09-Apr-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1+)
08-Apr-2017 : Northcourt Road, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
06-Apr-2017 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1h)
02-Apr-2017 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2+)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1+)
01-Apr-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1h)
30-Mar-2017 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (2h)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
15-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)

07-Nov-2016 : Huerta Grande, Spain (1)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (2)
05-Nov-2016 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain (2)
04-Nov-2016 : Ronda, Spain
03-Nov-2016 : Montejaque, Spain (1)
02-Nov-2016 : Sierra De Las Nieves, Spain (2)
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
14-Aug-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
14-Aug-2016 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
12-Aug-2016 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
31-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
09-Jul-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
19-Jun-2016 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
19-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
07-Jun-2016 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
03-Jun-2016 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (1)
28-May-2016 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (1)
28-May-2016 : Ardley Quarry, Oxon (h)
27-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
24-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1h)
22-May-2016 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (2)
19-May-2016 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1h)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
08-May-2016 : Cirencester Park Woods, Glos (1h)
08-May-2016 : Rodborough Common, Glos (1h)
07-May-2016 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2h)
05-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
03-May-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
23-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1+)
20-Apr-2016 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1+)
19-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2h)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (7+)
17-Apr-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1h)
12-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
10-Apr-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
10-Apr-2016 : Watlington Hill, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1h)
03-Apr-2016 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1h)
27-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Mar-2016 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)

27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
08-Aug-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2)
26-Jul-2015 : Baderitza, Bulgaria ((h))
21-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
21-Jun-2015 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
16-Jun-2015 : Heddon Valley, Devon (1)
13-Jun-2015 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (1h)
06-Jun-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
30-May-2015 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (h)
23-May-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
21-May-2015 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1)
17-May-2015 : Stockbridge Down, Hants (h)
17-May-2015 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (h)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
04-May-2015 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (h)
04-May-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1+)
01-May-2015 : Arne, Dorset (h)
01-May-2015 : Wareham Forest, Dorset (1)
30-Apr-2015 : Stoborough Heath NNR, Dorset (3)
27-Apr-2015 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (4)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
25-Apr-2015 : Ardley Quarry, Oxon (h)
21-Apr-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
18-Apr-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
18-Apr-2015 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (2)
15-Apr-2015 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1)
14-Apr-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
08-Apr-2015 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (h)
06-Apr-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
01-Apr-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
20-Mar-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)