Hello. I am not an avid bird-watcher but just someone who is interested in every bird that comes to my garden - particularly ones that I haven't seen before. I travel around the world a bit and currently find myself living close to Moscow.
Today I saw a new bird and went straight to my book to look it up. My instict told me that it was a warbler so that is where I started to look. It was a small delicate bird (smaller than a sparrow). It had a russet breast, creamy belly and dark grey back and wings. There were white spots (or stripes) behind the eyes. I watched it for a few minutes so am definitely not mistaken. It was on the ground under a bush and seemed to be searching for insects. I found my bird immediately in the book - Subalpine Warbler, but how can that be? It shouldn't be anywhere near Moscow! Can anyone help me please? Does the Chiffchaff ever appear to have a russet breast (or white stripes?