The Moustached warbler is a target bird for many serious birders visiting Mallorca but is very local to the north of the island in only two reserves the S’Albufereta and the Albufera. The latter is by far the most reliable site with the birds resident all year and the S’Albufereta cannot offer the same hope of sightings. The bird is very secretive and normally needs to be heard first to have any chance of a sighting so March just before breeding is a good time with the males often seen at the top of tall reeds calling away. The S’Albufereta holds over 1000 pairs which is the largest colony in western Europe and good places to observe are from the raised viewing platform overlooking the reed beds north of the visitors centre. They can, however, be viewed in many of the reed beds around the reserve along with the numerous Cetti’s warblers and Fan-tailed warblers.
The Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon) is an old-world warbler that breeds in southern Europe and southern Asia. It is a medium sized warbler 12-13.5 cm and slightly larger and darker than the sedge warbler. The adult has a finely streaked brown back and white underparts. The forehead is flattened and it has grey ear coverts and a strong and pointed bill. The adults are identical however the youngsters have well marked breasts.
The song is similar to both the sedge and reed warbler but slightly more melodious.
It breeds in sedge and reed beds at the waters edge where it builds a nest of deed and grass and lays a clutch of 3-6 eggs which it incubates for 14 -15 days and then another 14 days before the young fledge.
This small but long tailed, large headed warbler, is a resident of the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean where it is common, although is not present on the island of Menorca.
Wood warblers are tuneful breeding visitors, arriving in British woodlands from April onwards. Well hidden in their preferred tree-filled landscapes, their bright yellow breast makes them easily distinguishable from other similar warbler species.
The diminutive Willow warbler is a small bird from the Leaf Warbler family Phylloscopidae which contains 80 species. Willow warblers are primarily insectivorous and are energetic, constantly moving birds that dart their tree and hedgerow habitats. They possess soft and subtle green plumage with a pale green-grey back, wings and tail with a pale grey stomach that has a slight yellow tinge.
Whitethroats are active warblers that can be seen and heard in hedgerows around Britain during spring and summer months, as they raise their young and busily forage for insects. Each autumn, they depart for wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa, returning in April to breed once more.
Widespread and common breeding visitors to the UK, sedge warblers arrive on marshlands and reedbeds in April, and spend up to 6 months on British soil (or wetlands, to be more accurate), raising their young, before preparing for lengthy migrations to wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa each autumn.
Not to be confused with the Great Reed Warbler, this relatively nondescript, solitary little bird is an annual visitor to the UK from sub-Saharan Africa, arriving in mid April and departing early in October.
A well-camouflaged visitor to grasslands and reedbeds, grasshopper warblers arrive in Britain to breed each spring. You may stand a better chance of hearing one than actually getting a sighting, as their secretive nature of creeping through vegetation makes them almost impossible to spot.
This mainly plain, solitary, short billed, stocky little warbler is widespread throughout Europe and a long distance migrant to Africa, crossing the Sahara Desert without pause.
Mainly confined to lowland heaths in southern England, the Dartford warbler is an elusive little resident breeder with distinctive plumage and physical characteristics.
Until recently this small, solitary, old world leaf warbler was classified as being a member of the family Sylviidae, but following extensive research and reclassification, now falls within the family of Phylloscopidae.
Named after the 18th century Italian zoologist and Jesuit priest, Francisco Cetti this small plain looking bush warbler is frequently heard but difficult to spot.
Within its range and to differentiate it from other similar species, it is often referred to as an Eurasian Blackcap. This sexually dichromatic, stocky little warbler, is a member of the genus Sylvia and is sometimes nicknamed the Northern Nightingale due to its beautiful and frequent song.
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