Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)
Species
Whitethroat (Sylvia communis). Male. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on May 1st 2019.
Male. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on May 1st 2019.
(1/1250th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 13 - 15 cm

The Whitethroat is a medium-sized warbler, about the size of a Great Tit. It has quite a long tail which it flicks and cocks as it darts rapidly in and out of cover. The male has a grey head, a white throat and a brown back, and is buff underneath.

It can be found most parts of the British Isles in summer, except for the Scottish mountains. It spends the winter in sub-Saharan Africa.

Its breeding habitat is scrubby areas, in farmland with hedgerows, and woodland edges.

Males often sing from the tops of bushes or on wires.

The Whitethroat has Amber status on the British list, although there are about 1.1 million breeding territories here.

Sightings

13-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
12-May-2019 : Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (1)
01-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Apr-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
26-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
21-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)

06-Sep-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
02-Aug-2018 : Lid's Down, Oxon (1)
09-Jul-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
27-May-2018 : Ardley Quarry, Oxon (h)
20-May-2018 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
17-May-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (1)
15-May-2018 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (1+)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)

19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (1)
13-Aug-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (2)
24-Jun-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (h)
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
03-Jun-2017 : Abingdon, Oxon (2)
13-May-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
07-May-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
06-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
29-Apr-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
21-Apr-2017 : MoD Arncott (h)

21-Aug-2016 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
14-Aug-2016 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
31-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Jul-2016 : Fermyn Wood, Northants (1)
26-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
19-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
19-Jun-2016 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (1)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (2)
29-May-2016 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
27-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
24-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1h)
22-May-2016 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (1m)
21-May-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1h)
19-May-2016 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
04-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
03-May-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (3h)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)

02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
02-Jul-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
27-Jun-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
23-Jun-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
21-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Jun-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
28-May-2015 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1)
25-May-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
23-May-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
23-May-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
21-May-2015 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (3)
17-May-2015 : Stockbridge Down, Hants (h)
16-May-2015 : Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (1+)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
04-May-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1+)
30-Apr-2015 : Arne, Dorset (1h)
30-Apr-2015 : Durdle Door, Dorset (2)
25-Apr-2015 : Ardley Quarry, Oxon (1)