Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Barred Warbler
Photography © Frank Stark
Leurbost - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
September 21st 2008
"I have attached a photo of a Barred Warbler, one of the birds your contact in Iceland mentions, hunting through some Common Figwort in my garden at the weekend.
I know it is a poor image but it is all i managed i'm afraid.
However, you can still clearly see what it is?
i wasn't sure what it was when i first spotted it, although i did realise it was not the usual Willow or Garden Warbler.
Interestingly, it was among a flock of House Sparrows so it appears that it is not only Blackcaps that seek safety in numbers with these birds.
It was me who found it but it was Steve Duffield who identified it for me, so it might be a nice to give him a bit of credit?"
Steve Duffield's web site is www.western-isles-wildlife.co.uk
- Barred Warbler
- Sylvia nisoria
- UK: Passage visitor
- UK: 156 annual UK records BTO
- WI: Scarce autumn passage visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years)
- Breeds: Eastern Europe, temperate Asia
- Winters: East Africa
- Habitat: Scrubland, open woodland, town
- Larger warbler, mostly grey above, whitish below
- Adult male darker grey above, heavily barred below (female only light barring - juveniles none)
- Diet: Insects, some berries & soft fruit
Barred Warbler records in the Western Isles
Scarce autumn passage visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)
The chart below shows how abundant the Barred Warbler is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.
Frank's web site of his nature photography
Other local bird photographs
Sources of information for the bird sightings section