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May 2018

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May Bird of the Month - Dartford Warbler

May Bird of the Month - Dartford Warbler

Dartford warblers can occasionally perch conspicuously at the top of bushes, cocking their long tail, but at other times are skulking and secretive.

The distinctive, buzzy 'tchrr-tche' call is often the first clue to the species' presence. The song is a rapid and scratchy warble.

The male is a striking looking bird, blue-grey or grey-brown above and dull wine-red below, with a red eye and eye-ring, short spiky yellow based bill and pale spots on the dark rust-brown throat. The legs are pinkish-yellow. Females and juveniles are duller in appearance.

Dartford warblers are easiest to see in spring, when territorial males sing from conspicuous perches. Good places to catch up with this species this month are at Dunwich Heath, during our coach trip to Minsmere RSPB reserve, or at Ashdown Forest where we hope that they have recolonised their former territory and may be seen during our walk there.

Enjoy the shotr audio clip which featured Dartford Warbler as their 'Tweet of the Day' back on 17 May 2013.