|Thelma Evelyn Wrathall - my mum|
Please don't worry about the Wrathalls; we're are a tight family and will come through this together, of that I'm confident.
In order to keep my mind occupied, I have been perusing the various blogs - as per usual, and saw the post on Marc Heath's excellent Reculver Birder site. Now, whilst I am unable to join the debate on a level that Marcus Lawson and Martin Garner are at - I do have a few points about the id of "out of range" Chiffchaffs. In January 2004, Bev and I were on honeymoon in Gran Canaria. I only had my very primitive digi-scoping gear, yet remember thinking that the resident population (prior to them being split) of Chiffchaff would be a real tester if it were not for the fact that they behaved and sounded so different from the regular P.c.collybita that are so familiar to us in the UK.
|A Chiffchaff, on the cliff-top at Foreness Point - so very clearly an example of the nominate race P.c.collybita|
Take special note of the pale lower mandible and the leg colouration (March 2010)