Iberian Chiffchaff at Seaton.
On the 3rd April i called into Seaton gravel pits to try and see the recently reported Iberian Chiffchaff , i haven't been to this area for a good couple of years and normally when i do visit it's in the winter months as it has held many wintering ducks over the years.
Loyal to one area.
I parked up and walked across the field hearing and seeing a Blackcap near the style.
I eventually reached the area where the Iberian Chiffchaff had been seen and instantly heard it and then i saw it quite high up in it's favoured tree , plumage wise there are only very subtle differences between Iberian and Common Chiffchaff , slightly pointer thinner bill & longer primary projection plus the face has a more primrose wash to the supercilium, however the main identification feature is the call which is quite different to Common Chiffchaff.
I have heard & seen two Iberian Chiffchaffs before (Walderslade 2010 & Margate 2016) and this bird although very similar in appearance the call it made was not the full call like those ones , it seemed to have more Common Chiffchaff call in the mix , which i believe is in the correct range for Iberian Chiffchaff so all is good with this bird !!!
I decided to have a walk along the river and was pleased to see a Kingfisher plus a female Bullfinch flew across the path , both were new birds for my year list.
Collard's & Grove Ferry
I received news that there was some Little Gulls over Collard's lake so i headed there and although very distant i managed to see at least 3 Little Gulls which were also new for my Stour valley list.
On my way home i called into Grove Ferry and saw an Oystercatcher from the viewing ramp.