BIRD 5

Bird Watching (UK) - - August Id Challenge -

If Bird 4 was green, this bird is even more green! The up­per­parts are a lovely shade of green, con­trast­ing sharply against the sil­very white un­der­parts. At the front end, the throat is washed with lemon yel­low and the strong su­per­cil­ium is also strongly washed with yel­low. The other most strik­ing fea­ture is the length of wings, with pri­maries which stretch a sig­nif­i­cant way down the tail, giv­ing a short-tailed im­pres­sion. There is no wing-bar, which may make you think of Wil­low War­bler or Chif­fchaff. But nei­ther species has this struc­ture or such a clean white belly. This is their close rel­a­tive, the Wood War­bler, which is sur­pris­ingly scarce on pas­sage.

KEY FEA­TURES †Bright green above, sil­very white be­neath †Very long wings †Bright lemon yel­low su­per­cil­ium and throat †Tail looks rel­a­tively short

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