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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:25 am 
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Hi Please assist me with this one seen at Cintsa reserve 20km north of East London in coastal forest.
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Willow Warbler - Very obvious eyebrow, small bill, yellow wash to breast and eyebrow.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Please assist me with this one taken in Polakwane - Willow warbler

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Willow Warbler :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Warbler, Willow
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The Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) is strongly migratory, with almost all of the vast population wintering in sub-Saharan Africa.

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One of the most numerous birds in Europe, more than a million ringed birds, by 2004, resulted in 2500 retraps or recoveries, representing a substantial database that gave ornithologists valuable information into the migration routes taken by this tiny bird and their habits during migration. These night migrants travel furthest from Siberia to Southern Africa… a one-way trip of 14000 kms! For a bird weighing less than 12g, this is a remarkable feat. They are capable of fast refueling and during their day-time stops recharge their energy levels. If faced by obstacles like the Sahara desert, they have enough in reserve to cross such a hurdle in three or four nights, resting up during daytime.

Willow warblers are one species that show a reaction to climate change with both their arrival and departure in and from Europe having shifted by a week at either end of the season so that their stay has become shorter by two weeks in sub-Saharan Africa during the 40 years that they have been monitored. Effectively the Sahara is growing rapidly southwards causing the barrier that needs to be crossed to stretch the bird to a point where they fail to cross back to Europe. Some bird populations have declined by 30%.

The Willow Warbler is almost unique amongst birds in that it moults all of its feathers twice in a year, on the breeding grounds and again on the wintering grounds; the reason for this have to do with the length of the migration.

They are insectivores. Typical lifespan is two years but birds in excess of 10 years have been recorded.

The ID features are:
- distinct pale yellow eyebrow and underparts
- tail notched
- legs pink
- distinct yellow under-wing, sometimes visible on the shoulder when the wing is closed.

In South Africa it usually is a solitary feeder, but sometimes it joins mixed bird parties. Forages by restlessly gleaning off leaves and branches in middle and upper strata of trees and bushes, much like white-eyes... a tough subject to photograph!

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 Post subject: Re: Warbler, Willow
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Here's one that's arrived back in my garden, appropriately in a willow tree by my garden pond.
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willow warbler by jansp, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: Warbler, Willow
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Wow, thanks Johan and Granjan!
Great photos of the little bird.
What an amazing journey it undertakes.


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 Post subject: Re: Warbler, Willow
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Thanks Johan for sharing info of such a beautiful little bird and Granjan for the additional photo :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Warbler, Willow
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Great photo Granjan.. difficult to get good shots of these guys as they are so busy litte things!


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 Post subject: Re: Warbler, Willow
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Not 100% sure but I think we have a couple that have just arrived in our garden
here on the outskirts of London. Sorry I dont know how to download pics as I
would like someone to confirm that I am correct. One of the birds seems to be
more yellow than the other. Did look up my book. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Warbler, Willow
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dellac wrote:
Not 100% sure but I think we have a couple that have just arrived in our garden
here on the outskirts of London. Sorry I dont know how to download pics as I
would like someone to confirm that I am correct. One of the birds seems to be
more yellow than the other. Did look up my book. :thumbs_up:


Dellac, have a look here and see if that helps you to load a photo. Please let me know if you have any problems.

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 Post subject: Re: Warbler, Willow
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Just arrived for our summer... Seen in a stinkwood in my garden (Middelburg, Mpumalanga) on Sunday.

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Maybe all the way from London? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Warbler, Willow
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Or Cornwall?? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Warbler, Willow
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Wonderful information on a fantastic little bird. Thanks, JvR. :clap: :clap: Nice pics too from you and the other mites :clap: :clap: - as noted, difficult to photograph.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Herewith another small query

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