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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:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Great Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus arundinaceus
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Primarily a European breeding species and occasional visitor to Britain out of the nesting season 


 

Photo by:
Roger Hewitt

Savis Warbler

Locustella luscinioides
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A scarce visitor to reed beds in Dorset but they do nest in small numbers further east in England


 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Cettis Warblerr

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:
Ian Ballam

Grasshopper Warbler

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


 

 

Photo by:
Hamish Murray

Marsh Warbler

Acrocephalus palustris
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Extremely scarce breeding species in Britain and a rare visitor as far west as Dorset


 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Reed Warbler

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


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Aquatic Warbler

Acrocephalus paludicola
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An occasional autumn visitor to the south coast from eastern Europe


 

Photo by:
Freddy Alway

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.


 

Photo by:
Hamish Murray

Barred Warbler

Sylvia nisoria
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A winter visitor to the east coast of Britain but much rarer further west here in Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Portland Bird Observatory

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


 

Photo by:
Hamish Murray

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:
Hamish Murray

Pallas Warbler

Phylloscopus proregulus
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Not a breeding species in Britain but occasionally seen as a passage migrant in late autumn and during the winter


 

 

Photo by:
Debby Saunders

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:
Hamish Murray

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


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

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:

Click/tap the species common name if you want to see more information.

Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Melodious 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


 

 

Two-barred Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus

 

Found in Mongolia, Manchuria and southern Siberia so rare in Britain to say the least!


 

Raddes Warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi

Breeds in Siberia and over winters in south eastern Asia so not common 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 


 

 

Siberian Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca blythi

A rare variant of the more familiar species normally found in Britain