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:

Siberian Chiffchaff

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


 

 

Humes Leaf Warbler

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


 

 

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.


 

 

Grasshopper Warbler

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


 

 

Reed Warbler

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


 

 

Sedge Warbler

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


 

 

Dartford Warbler

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


 

Lesser Whitethroat

Sylvia curruca

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.


 

 

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.


 

 

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.


 

 

Greenish Warbler

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


 

 

Dusky Warbler

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


 

 

American Yellow Warbler

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


 

 

Melodius Warbler

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


 

 

Spectacled Warbler

Sylvia conspicillata
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A species from the Mediterranean coast of Europe and Africa 


 

 

Subalpine Warbler

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


 

 

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