Sedge Warbler - Acrocephalus schoenobaenus


    The Sedge Warbler is a small, quite plump, warbler with a striking broad creamy stripe above its eye. It is brown above with blackish streaks and creamy white underneath. It is a summer visitor, and winters in Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. Its song is a noisy, rambling warble compared to the more rhythmic song of the Reed Warbler.

    Identification difficulty

    Found across the UK. A good place to see this bird is near a reed bed or a damp wetland, particularly near dawn and dusk when Sedge Warblers are most active. Look for singing birds perched on the outside of a bush.

    When to see it

    Mid-April to mid-October.

    Life History

    The nest, built by the female, is in vegetation on the ground or up to a height of 50 cm. The cup-shaped structure is woven around vertical plant stems and has an outer layer of grass, stems and leaves, plus spiders' webs, with a thick, finer layer inside including reed flowers, animal hair and plant down. It feeds mainly on small insects but they will also take berries.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common as a summer bird and breeding bird in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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