For many people, the song of the willow warbler is the sound of summer. Song structure and singing behaviour in two nesting populations of Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus acredula of different density were studied in Moscow and Kostroma Regions, Russia, from 1994–1997. Lesser Whitethroat. Common name: willow warbler. Winters in tropical Africa. You’ll sometimes see them fly out to catch insects from the air. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Yes they are all very welcome back. We spend 90% of net income on conservation, public education and advocacy, The RSPB is a member of BirdLife International. Diet. (Africa), but also changes in the management of woodland fringes in Britain. The them apart. Our spring dawn chorus gets a tuneful boost each year from migrant warblers, but while their songs are unique, some of them look frustratingly similar. Garden Warbler. Credit: Vasiliy Vishevskiy / Alamy Stock Photo. Willow warblers leave the UK between July and September to spend the winter in Africa, south of the Sahara. Like chiffchaffs, they’re often most visible when they first arrive when you can see them hunting for insects in leafless trees. Feeds almost exclusively on insects and other invertebrates. Although they’re more common than chiffchaffs, willow warblers have actually suffered declines in recent decades. Great ideas on how your garden, or even a small backyard or balcony, can become a mini nature reserve. Great Reed-Warbler. In fact, it’s not a million miles away from the song of the chaffinch, but it’s sweeter and softer, and the ending is less punchy (it’s brilliantly described in Bird Guides as a ‘chaffinch-on-helium’!) Wilson’s Warblers dance around willow and alder thickets, often near water, to the rapid beat of their chattering song. The nests are dome-shape and often on the ground, but well hidden in undergrowth. Record the comings and goings of key feathered friends and help scientists track the effects of climate change on wildlife. There are no winter records of Willow Warblers in Ireland. Henry didn’t seem to pay them much attention at the time…. One of the commonest breeding birds in Ireland (about 1 million pairs), with the highest densities in stands of willows along the edges of bogs and marshes. The Willow Warbler is almost indistinguishable from the Chiffchaff. Tell me more. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. approximately 15 mm by 13 mm. Three willow warbler eggs weigh the same as a penny. Blyth's Reed-Warbler. This bright yellow warbler with a black cap is one of the smallest warblers in the U.S. and among the most recognizable. Who to contact if you spot an injured or baby bird, Help nature thrive as a corporate partner, Climate change effects on nature and wildlife, Get to know willow warblers in more detail, Small birds, about the size of a blue tit, Flicks its tale like a slow-moving wagtail, Slightly thinner and longer than chiffchaffs, Greenish brown with paler, often yellowy, underparts. Keep in touch with the nature you love without having to leave the house. Unlike the chiffchaff, willow warblers won’t spend the winter in the UK, so that can help with identification through the colder months. The Willow Warbler has been placed on the Amber List of They’re very active birds, so it’s often hard to get a clear view of them, and even when you do, many of their differences are quite subtle. This fantastic wetland site is located north of Southport town centre and has some of the best wildlife in the region. I heard a brief Pied Flycatcher this afternoon whilst out in the garden repairing one of our garden seats. Blackcap. SC037654, We use cookies on our website to help give you the best online experience. They’re migrant birds, but some are now choosing to winter in the south of England. Required fields are marked *. Shaan. You’ll hear the song from early April onwards and right through into the summer, but unlike the chiffchaff, you won’t hear it singing in autumn. Chiffchaff and Blackcap have been back here some little while but I heard my first "willy" two days ago and everyday since, although its still just one or two. They’re most visible in late March or early April, and you might see or hear them in leafless trees, particularly willow trees, searching for insects. branches; in fact, they are searching the undersides of the leaves for Dartford Warbler. We want to make sure everyone in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. GB520 6111 04. Willow warblers spend their winters in Africa, so they have further to fly on migration than chiffchaffs. Marsh Warbler. Look out for willow warblers in woodland and scrub from March onwards. A common and dainty summer visitor with a mournful song that rings through the trees. The smooth, glossy white eggs are speckled with reddish-brown, and In total 520 songs of 9 males from the low-density population and 566 songs of 12 males from the high density population were analysed. You might also hear one calling in the late summer or early autumn as they migrate back down the country towards their wintering grounds in Continental Europe. The closest I could find is a Willow Warbler but I’m really not sure. The song differs markedly from that of the Chiffchaff and is the easiest way of separating these similar species. 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