Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Garden Warbler.

One of the Sylvia species that arrives in the UK from tropical Africa in late April is the Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin). A fairly nondescript and featureless bird that falls into the 'LBJ' category (that's little brown job in birding parlance!) Basically described as an olive brown-grey, plump warbler with no obvious markings apart from its thick, stubby bill and a diffuse pale ring around a dark eye.

Whilst it's appearance is nothing to shout about its song is a different story; comprising of 3-8 second rapid verses that do not form a clear melody but shuttle up and down. Some say it sounds like a rippling brook.
Click here for the link to its song.

Despite its name it is not really a garden bird unless you are fortunate to have a very mature garden right next to deciduous or mixed woodland. From memory this is the first time I have obtained any images of this delightful songster and it was one of the first birds to capture my attention during my local patch walk yesterday after returning from a holiday in Italy.

This individual constantly toured a number of high song posts so it was just a matter of picking out a likely spot and waiting for it to reappear. Success rewarded by patience.

Linking to Nature Notes and Wild Bird Wednesday.


  1. A true treasure! A trip to your little corner of the world is definitely on my bucket list!

  2. What a sweet little bird! The link wouldn't work for me.

  3. Beautiful chorus from that dull bird Frank.{:))
    I have a few, but no chance of a shot yet this year.

  4. Thanks Karen. Look forward to seeing you sometime in the future.

    Mona. I've now fixed the link.

  5. Pretty warbler, I love the singing captures. Have a great week!

  6. Hi Frank. Thanks for amending the link. I tried again, and it worked. That little guy has a beautiful song!!

  7. That is a lovely song for a wonderful bird.

  8. Interesting warbler. Even a plain colored warbler is a beauty:)

  9. Hi Frank Wonderful capture of this Warbler and he is doing his best to attract a mate I see!

  10. What it lacks in appearance is definitely made up for by that wonderful 'warbling' song.
    Well spotted and captured Frank...[;o)

  11. Great find Frank,fantastic tick to have from your own corner in the World.
    Superb images.

  12. He makes up for his plain appearance with that song!

  13. Eileen. Thank you.

    Steve B. Glad you could listen in this time.

    Cheers Midmarsh John.

    Thanks Karen.

  14. I think the Garden Warblers best field mark is its almost complete lack of field marks! Its been a while since I saw one!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: glad my squeaky explanation concords with British TV - it must be right!!!

  15. It might be a LBJ, but the song is complex and beautiful. Thank you for linking into Nature Notes Frank.... Michelle

  16. LBJ indeed! But lovely too! Very nice photos of your Garden Warbler!


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