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Iberian Chiffchaff (call), Brownstown Head, Co. Waterford (16/6/2010)  


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I initially picked up this bird based on song, in the main willow garden at Brownstown, and it also called quite a bit initially - what I described at the time as a down-slurred / down-inflected ‘tew’ or ‘psew’ or ‘teeuu’. The song was obviously distinctive (see previous post by watbirder1), but the call was probably the clincher for me. As far as I’m aware this call was not heard or sound-recorded later in the day (after other birders had arrived) though the bird continued to sing well. So please excuse my low-volume iPhone recording... 

This definitely made up for the frustration of not pinning down a couple of previous possibilities: a ‘mixed Chiff/Willow’-type singing in the adjacent garden in late May 1989, and a phyllosc giving a similar ‘tew’ call at Ardmore Head one October in the early 2000s. 

https://www.xeno-canto.org/56900

http://waterfordbirds.com/ibchiff.html

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Wow!! Spectacular. I didn't realise this existed.

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