Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)

Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on April 22nd 2013.
(1/1600th sec at f13. © David Hastings)


L: 13.5 - 14.5 cm

The Lesser Whitethroat has earth-brown back and wings, a lead-grey head and dark ear coverts. The sexes are similar.

It is a summer visitor to England and Wales, and spends the winter in Africa.

Its breeding habitat is farmland and parkland with mature hedgerows, in young conifers, gardens with hedges and berry bushes, and sometimes in pure thorn scrub.

It is quite secretive, and its presence is usually revealed by its song.

There are about 74000 breeding territories in the UK.


03-Jun-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)

03-Jun-2018 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (h)

21-Apr-2017 : MoD Arncott (h)

30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1h)
27-Apr-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

16-May-2015 : Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (h)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1h)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)