Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita). 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)
Juvenile Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita). 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


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.


20-Aug-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(4)
13-Aug-2017:West Walton, Cambs(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:Lardon Chase, Berks(h)
07-May-2017:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(h)
02-May-2017:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
02-May-2017:Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
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:Otmoor, Oxon(h)
19-Jun-2016:Whitecross Green Wood, 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:Ardley Quarry, Oxon(h)
28-May-2016:Bucknell Wood, Northants(1)
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:Rodborough Common, Glos(1h)
08-May-2016:Cirencester Park Woods, 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:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1h)
17-Apr-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(7+)
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:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1h)
05-Apr-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
03-Apr-2016:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1h)
27-Mar-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
25-Mar-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
25-Mar-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
22-Mar-2016:Abingdon, 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:Otmoor, Oxon(2+)
27-Apr-2015:Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon(4)
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)

05-Oct-2014:Chimney Meadows, Oxon(1)
28-Sep-2014:Radley Lakes, Oxon
14-Sep-2014:Otmoor, Oxon
28-Aug-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(h)
16-Aug-2014:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon
12-Jul-2014:Watlington Hill, Oxon(h)
30-Jun-2014:Tophill Low, E. Yorks(h)
29-Jun-2014:Crowle Moor, N. Lincs(h)
28-Jun-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(h)
24-Jun-2014:Dospat, Bulgaria
23-Jun-2014:Trigrad, Bulgaria
14-Jun-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(h)
08-Jun-2014:Parsonage Moor, Oxon(h)
08-Jun-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(h)
07-Jun-2014:Stanford Dingley, Berks(1)
31-May-2014:Wicken Wood, Bucks(h)
25-May-2014:Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon(h)
25-May-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(h)
18-May-2014:Lardon Chase, Berks(h)
17-May-2014:Stockbridge Down, Hants(h)
17-May-2014:Bentley Wood, Wilts(h)
12-May-2014:Marston Meadows, Oxon(h)
11-May-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(h)
07-May-2014:Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire(h)
07-May-2014:Teifi Marshes, Pembrokeshire(h)
05-May-2014:Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion(1)
04-May-2014:Y Clywd, Ceredigion(h)
03-May-2014:Y Clywd, Ceredigion(h)
27-Apr-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(h)
26-Apr-2014:Rodborough Common, Glos
26-Apr-2014:Whelford Pools, Glos
21-Apr-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(2)
17-Apr-2014:Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon(4+)
17-Apr-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(10+)
15-Apr-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1h)
13-Apr-2014:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(3)
12-Apr-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1h)
12-Apr-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(5+)
10-Apr-2014:Marston Meadows, Oxon(1h)
03-Apr-2014:Burgess Field, Oxon(1)
30-Mar-2014:Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon(1)
30-Mar-2014:Radley Lakes, Oxon(3)
23-Mar-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(4)
15-Mar-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
25-Jan-2014:Abingdon Sewage Works, Oxon(c10)

29-Dec-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
24-Aug-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon
18-Aug-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1)
04-Aug-2013:Bowdown Wood, Berks(2)
13-Jul-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
06-Jul-2013:Decoy Heath, Berks
27-Jun-2013:Narborough Railway Line, Norfolk
25-Jun-2013:Catfield Fen, Norfolk(1)
22-Jun-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1+)
25-May-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1+)
19-May-2013:Lashford Lane Fen, Oxon
18-May-2013:Rodborough Common, Glos
18-May-2013:Whelford Pools, Glos(1+)
12-May-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon
06-May-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-May-2013:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon
23-Apr-2013:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
22-Apr-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
21-Apr-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1)
20-Apr-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
19-Apr-2013:Grandpont, Oxford(2)
14-Apr-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(4)
14-Apr-2013:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon