Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)
Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix). Male. Taken at Elan Valley, Powys, on May 5th 2019.
Male. Taken at Elan Valley, Powys, on May 5th 2019.
(1/320th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 11 - 12.5cm;

The Wood Warbler has greenish-yellow upper parts, bright yellow throat and upper chest, and white under parts. It has a very distinctive song which sounds like a coin spinning down on a table.

In the UK it is mainly found in western oak woods, particularly in mid-Wales.

Its breeding habitat is deciduous woodland under closed canopies, where there is little or no shrub layer.

The Wood Warbler spends the winter in tropical Africa.

It has Red status on the British list because of the low number of breeding birds. There are about 6500 pairs in the UK.


24-May-2019 : Craigellachie NNR, Highland (2)
05-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (2)
04-May-2019 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (1)
03-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (7+)

23-Jun-2018 : Meathop Moss, Cumbria (1)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (8+)
03-May-2018 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (2)