Email This BlogThis! Photos: eerokiuru, alexmani97, Kevin B Agar, as_kannan, Svenni and his Icelandic birds., hirenjoshi13 Flickr.com. Sign up for our mailing list to get latest updates and offers. Singing Blyth's Reed Warbler in East Sussex. Little did I know just how things were to turn out! Blyth's reed warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) is an Old World warbler in the genus Acrocephalus. You can hear the measured rhythm of a Reed Warbler but with diagnostic repeated fluty whistles interspersed with, clicks and tecks. It is very nice to get such praise on the documenting process from a man who has done it many times! She already knew our walk was over and totally understood that I now had the bit between my teeth to get to the bottom of the identification! ... Blyth's Reed Warbler Blyth's Reed Warbler, Winchelsea, E Sussex, 17 June 2016 (Video: Mike Russell). Song is varied with many repetitions and lots of mimicry; call is a high-pitched and loud "tek." Having enjoyed a great week from the 2 - 9 Oc... Had a day out in the village of Beeley in Derbyshire last Friday, a lovely small village nestled on the edge of the Peak District National P... During the late afternoon of Saturday 23rd May, Helen and I headed out for a walk to the East Devon Commons. Blyth's Reed Warbler in Holly Tree at 9pm - Though not the best photo, I think it still shows the short-winged appearance. At this point the bird appeared in a holly tree very briefly and gave me enough of a view to see it was an. It was still very windy but I was hoping the bird would still be singing as the species is known to sing during the night, but all was quiet. After finishing various important family commitments I did some brief comparisons with the song and I felt sure it must be a Blyth's Reed Warbler, though it still seemed a ridiculous claim, particularly as I had only seen the bird so briefly! I was disappointed that the warbler had not stayed so I could share this exciting bird for Devon with other birders. Cliff Dean details a rare south-coast occurrence. The FULL VERSION can be heard below, You can hear the "teck" call which it gave at around 9pm. Blyth's Reed Warbler, Winchelsea, E Sussex, 17 June 2016 (Video: Mike Russell). So much so. By now it was around 5pm and I had to leave. As always, the walk had a hidden birding agenda with ever optimistic thoughts of Red-footed Falcon possibilities, following the current UK influx. How many one day megas like this are missed whilst we all flog the coast and see mostly bugger all. It then went quiet again! Therefore, I was relieved to hear the bird still singing in the hedge bank and amazingly it actually sang continuously for around 2 -3 minutes, giving the best song I had heard. I think you have very nicely summed it up Mike! I put the news out on Twitter and the local WhatsApp group. I have just returned from another somewhat impromptu visit to St Martin's Isles of Scilly! Found in forest edges, bushes, marsh edges, and parks, but not particularly associated with water. To be fair, she too was intrigued by the song. I also must mention friends, The Devon lane where we found the Blyth's Reed Warbler, Devon lane where we found the Blyth's Reed Warbler and the Holly tree, Blyth's Reed Warbler, East Devon 23rd May 2020, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - 23rd to 30th October. The location of the BRW - East of East Budleigh Common, Blyth's Reed Warbler in Holly Tree at 9pm. Publish date: 02/07/2016. The video capturing the call, the sound recording of song and even photos in near darkness show your thoroughness in securing the record of a tricky and rare Devon bird. 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About halfway round the walk, taking one of the many narrow Devon tracks that we have been exploring during lockdown, an odd bird song had us both stop and listen. Stereo recording of a singing Blyth's Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) at Bjuröklubb, northern Sweden, around midnight 8 june 2012. June 2016 (1) September 2015 (1) … All birders have birds in mind that we might find at a given site or even a bit of habitat, thank goodness birding is not that predictable... A Blyth's Reed Warbler in a holly bush, next to woodland and farmland in Devon and in spring would have been about as far away from any prediction as you could have got! Notes: Two Blyth’s Reed Warblers belt out their rich song in the dark of night near Estonia’s Soomaa National park. Usually sings from bushes and trees, not in reeds or herbage. I would like to say particular thanks to my Estonian friend and Bird Guide, Tarvo Valker who hears many Blyth's Reed Warblers in his home country. Make a Comment Cancel reply. Like most warblers, Blyth's reed warbler is insectivorous, but will take other small food items, including berries. So the walk was cut short and we headed home. Secondly, if I hadn't recently joined the Nocmig world, I wouldn't have my sound recording equipment, so essential to confirming the identification! More info. Superb work. Nature Soundmap Tweets. Birds and other wildlife at home in the UK and Overseas. The video capturing the call, the sound recording of song and even photos in near darkness show your thoroughness in securing the record of a tricky and rare Devon bird. The latest sighting details and map for Blyth's Reed Warbler are only available to our BirdGuides Ultimate or our BirdGuides Pro subscribers. Here is one last photograph of the Blyth's Reed Warbler that sang and held a territory for a couple of weeks at Far Ings in Lincolnshire. I have been feeling a little delirious since to be honest Steve! As I said on twitter Chris - just remarkable and well done! Latest Sightings of Blyth's Reed Warbler. Blyth's Reed Warbler getting more arboreal in its song perches singing up to 10m up now in the ash but still feeding down in the nettles and umbellifers as fellas up in the trees --Posted by Graham Catley at 5:41:00 pm. At this stage the bird was still definitely a Marsh Warbler and definitely a Blyth's Reed, depending which trench you had helped dig.I now felt pretty sure it was a Blyth's, but beyond photos and recordings my experience of the species is nil.I was here to learn, and hopefully to collect evidence. In the rush I forgot my headphones and I just had to hope the microphone was pointing at the correct spot! The habitat is different from the reed beds favoured by reed warbler or the rank vegetation of marsh warbler, this species choosing trees or bushes as songposts.
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