Saturday 12 June 2010

Acrobatic vocals

Good views of a Marsh Warbler this morning singing in some willowherb and meadow sweet infested dry phragmites. It did some great impressions of Blackbird, Blue Tit, Goldfinch etc and at times conspicuously perched atop reed stems. The bird seemed to be sharing the same habitat as a Sedge Warbler pair, which were busy feeding their young. The Marshy definitely had a cute look, a fairly neutral brown appearance with a slightly warmer rump. The tips to the primaries were a little pale, not hugely obvious, but making the individual feathers separable from a distance. A white throat, short, dull white supercilium and a white eye ring also noted. Mid-afternoon, the bird remained hidden giving occasional bursts of song, unlike a nearby Reed Warbler that was singing away continuously.

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