Marsh and Reed Warbler

Heads-up on the tricky acro’s- these were taken at Spurn a year ago. Good time of year to watch the Reeds and search for the skulking Marsh Warbler.

Birding Frontiers

Heads up

Its only 3 days ago! Had such a full on few days and just catching up. Last monday was the start of the 3 day guided event at Spurn which started bang on with singing Marsh Warbler in the canal hedge thanks to finder, Andy Roadhouse. If they are singing they are not too tricky. Non-singers being more problematic. In spring: besides being more olivey green above (yellowy-rumped) with bits of  yellow below than Reed Warbler (which are browner, rust rumped and no yellow below) the face often looks different. To me the white eye-ring on Reed Warbler nearly always jumps out is the most prominent feature of the face followed by the weak thin pale ‘squiggly’ stripe running from eye to bill. The bill is long.

On Marsh Warbler the face is more open (even ‘hippolais warbler-like) and any pale around the eye less obvious than on Reed with…

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