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A regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Identification please!

In view of the attrocious weather of the past couple of days I having been thumbing through some of my images taken throughout the year and have a question mark hanging over this warbler photographed in the S'albufera reserve in Mallorca during the first week of October. It was feeding actively in the reedstems and initially I thought it was a Great Reed Warbler (imm) but having looked again I am not sure. Can somebody please help...many thanks.

 I did manage to get up to the harbour entrance to see that the work  was completed on the sea defences! I was told that it was a 'health and safety' precaution to prevent chilren putting their hands through the rusty holes. The chaps had been sent from Nottingham and spent 2weeks in a hotel to complete this mission!!!

                                                               A job well done.


Graham James said...

The warbler looks to be Great Reed to me but should normally show a broader supercilium than on this bird. Clamorous Reed Warbler looks like the only alternative but I believe Mallorca is well outside its range and also that species should show a more rounded tail.

Pagham Birder said...

Thanks for that...but are the feet usually yellow as in this bird?

Graham James said...

That's a feature that I, carelessly, hadn't noticed PB!
Juvenile Marsh Warblers are said to have yellowish-pink legs but I'm not sure whether the primary projection is long enough on this bird?