The Chiffchaff - Cameos of Birdlife #9
Listen - there he is - singing now from the hawthorn at the edge of the wood; ‘chiff-chaff, chiff-chaff, chiff‘, the thin notes hanging in the air - the arrival of Spring ...
cold easterly the double notes of a chiffchaff
Quoting my favourite author ...
[...] “Loudest of all, the chiff-chaff sings in the ash woods, bare and leafless, while yet the sharp winds rush between the poles, rattling them together, and bringing down the dead twigs to the earth. The violets are difficult to find, few, and scattered; but his clear note rings in the hushes of the eastern breeze, encouraging the flowers. It is very pleasant indeed to hear him.” [...]
The header image of a Chiffchaff is by Christine Corver, an Award Winning Fine Artist, and is painted with oil and cold wax on linen. It is used here with permission. The copyright remains with Christine Corver. Here’s a link to her website page of bird paintings. They are all stunningly beautiful. Do take a look.
Christine was born in the Netherlands and started drawing when she was five years old. Her paper and pencils her toys as well.
After a productive career within the Art Industry, Christine now continues to work as an artist in her atelier on a daily basis. Her artistic vocabulary, embraces a broad range of subjects mainly in aquarel and oils - her style showing a fast movement of clear and vibrant strokes creating a unique purity of authentic imagery.
Her work has been exhibited at many group and solo exhibitions in the Netherlands, Qatar and Switzerland, with a new exhibition planned for 2021.
The recording of Chiffchaff by Sylvan Schnabel is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto - a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world.