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Warblers

Group: 
Birds

Many of our summer migrants are warblers. Delicate birds that feed on insects that they find in trees and shrubs.

 

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Cettis Warbler

Cettia cetti
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Frequently heard but rarely seen in the reeds beds of the lower reaches of our main rivers.


 

 

Photo by:
Pam Parsons

Grasshopper Warbler

Locustella naevia
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A species found usually in reed beds whilst on a stop over during migration.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus scirpaceus
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Common in reed beds in summer, heard but rarely seen.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Sedge Warbler

Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
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A common species of reed beds in summer but more often heard than seen.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Dartford Warbler

Sylvia undata
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A nationally rare species with its stronghold being the heaths of Dorset.


 

Lesser Whitethroat

Sylvia curruca
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Summer visitor to scrubby areas and hedgerows


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Whitethroat

Sylvia communis
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Summer visitor to scrubby habitats across the county


 

Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla
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A summer visitor but also an influx from the north in winter

 

Garden Warbler

Sylvia borin
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A scarce summer visitor to downland with lots of scrub.


 

 

Photo by:
Portland Bird Observatory

Yellow-browed Warbler

Phylloscopus inornatus
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Despite being an Asian breeding species this is not an unfamiliar species in Dorset during autumn and winter.


 

 

Photo by:
Portland Bird Observatory

Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus collybita
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A common summer visitor that nests in Dorset


 

Willow Warbler

Phylloscopus trochilus
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A summer visitor to woodland edges and scrub areas


 

Wood Warbler

Phylloscopus sibilatrix
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Seen mainly on migration in spring and autumn.


 

 

Photo by:
Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

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Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Melodius Warbler Hippolais polyglotta

A central and southern European breeding species that occasionally appears in Dorset.


 

 

Siberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristisrr

Considered a sub-species of the common chiffchaff and seen in Dorset in small numbers in winter


 

 

Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus

A species of Eastern Asia but prone to stray during migration and turn up this far west.


 

 

Humes Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei

A migratory species from central Asia and very rarely does one turn up here in Dorset


 

 

Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides

A native species of eastern Europe including Scandinavia and a rare visitor to Dorset.


 

 

American Yellow Warbler Setophaga aestiva

One of the commonest warblers of North America but an extremely rare vagrant species in Britain.


 

 

Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans

A native of southern Europe and northern Africa and a very scarce visitor to Dorset.


 

 

Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata

A species from the Mediterranean coast of Europe and Africa