Friday, 26 June 2015

Day 235 - Reet Wonderful Reed Warblers

Reed Warbler (Akroskephale scirpusaceus)
Hi all today's Day 235 and yesterday I covered the Sedge Warbler. Today's bird is a very close relative to it. I find these in the same places that I found the Sedge Warblers such as Leighton Moss and Saltholme but I also see them in a place quite near me that I go to quite a lot. Fairburn Ings is a great place to see Reed Warblers! They are a very nice bird to watch and hear (here's a recording of their song) and I am sure they will be very good for a post. Hope you like the Yorkshire alliteration today too.

So, here are the facts:
  • They Summer along the East Coast of Ireland and all of England and Wales apart from Northern-Central England.
  • They are a Green Status bird as there are 130,000 breeding pairs in the UK and in Europe there are 2.6 million to 4.5 million breeding pairs.
This Reed warbler was more wary of me than the Sedge warbler
  • They start breeding at 1 year old and, like the Sedge Warbler, live for 2 years. The oldest, though was 12 years, 11 months and 21 days.
  • They usually have a length of 13cm and a wingspan of 19. Both Male and Female birds weigh 13g. Their ring size is A, the second smallest.
  • They travel to us from Africa when they spend the winter. Always find it amazing that a bird that weighs so little flies so far!
  • They must have amazing energy, They are also the Cuckoos favourite victim and they have to work hard to raise a Cuckoo chick!
  • In some birds, their eye colour changes with age. When they are young they have a charcoal iris.
But eventually it came up for a clearer shot.
  • As they get older they have a olive-coloured iris. Also, when they are young, they have a spot on their tongue to help the adult feed them.
  • Their diet is quite varied and they will east insects, fruit, seeds and flowers.
  • Birdlife Europe estimates Europe has 50 and 74% of the breeding population at around 8.1m - 15m birds. A rough calculation would be that the world population is around 30,000,000 individual birds.
  • Their scientific name (Akroskephale scirpusaceus) comes from both Greek and Latin. Akroskephale means pointed-head in Greek and Scirpusaceus means reed-resembling.
Here are some links to some more information:

Hope you enjoyed,


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