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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

ChiffChaff


Phylloscopus collybita
The Chiffchaff is a small, olive-brown warbler, very similar in appearance to the Willow Warbler but distinguished by its song and legs that are normally black, rather than the brown of the Willow Warbler.
As with the Cuckoo, the Chiffchaff's name is a rough description of its two-tone song.
Size
10 - 11cm
Weight
6 - 9gms
Habitat
Mature open woodlands or parks, with taller trees and ground cover for nesting.
Nest
A grassy or leafy ball constructed on, or near to the ground.
Eggs
5-7 white eggs with a few light purple/grey marks.
Food
Predominantly small insects but, when in season, some fruit and berries. Will also take peanut cake, particularly if rubbed into the bark of a tree to avoid competition with more aggressive birds.
Voice
A repeated "chiff chaff" song with an emphatic "hweet" call.
Characteristics
Unremarkable in appearance at first sight, the Chiffchaff is about the size of Blue Tit, with brownish-olive upper-parts, off-white under-parts and a yellowish hint to the breast. Best separated from Willow Warbler by the distinctive "chiff chaff" song, the darker legs and, when perched, the habit of flicking its tail downwards.
BTO Statistics
The status of the Chiffchaff is currently green.
Breeding
Likes deciduous and mixed woodland, stands of trees, parks and mature gardens where there is thick undergrowth.

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