Sedge Warbler

(Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)

sedge warbler Acrocephalus_schoenobaenus

Alert Status: Green – 39% decline

 

Identifying Features: The sedge warbler is a small, quite plump, warbler with a striking broad creamy stripe above its eye and greyish brown legs. It is brown above with blackish streaks and creamy white underneath.
Average Length: 13 cm
Average Lifespan: 2 years
Average Wingspan: 17 - 21 cm

 

Beak type: Insects

 

Feeding:

Natural: Insects, berries in Autumn

 

Nesting: The nest, built by the female, is in vegetation on the ground or up to a height of 50 cm. The cup-shaped structure 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 is woven around vertical plant stems. 

 

Where to see: Sedge warblers are found across the UK. A good place to try in summer is near a reedbed 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.
 

Sedge Warbler song by david m, Xeno-cant
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