Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla). Male. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on January 4th 2015.
Male. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on January 4th 2015.
(1/250th sec at f9. Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 13.5 - 15 cm

The Blackcap is a medium-sized warbler, about the size of a Great Tit. The male has a black cap on its head, and the female's is rufous-brown. Both have greyish plumage.

Blackcaps can be found in most of the British Isles in the summer. In winter birds are mostly found in England and southern Ireland.

Its breeding habitat is shady woodland with dense understory, and also in parks and gardens.

Blackcaps that breed in Britain are migratory, spending the winter in Africa. Birds from Germany and northern Europe increasingly spend the winter in the British Isles.

There are about 1.2 million breeding territories in the UK, and about 3000 birds spend the winter here.


19-Apr-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1m,1f)
16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1m,1f)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
14-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
10-Jan-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)

20-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (2)
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (1)
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
15-Jun-2017 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
14-Jun-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos (h)
09-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Gracac, Croatia
03-Jun-2017 : Abingdon, Oxon (h)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
27-May-2017 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (h)
20-May-2017 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (h)
20-May-2017 : Stockbridge Down, Hants (h)
14-May-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos (h)
07-May-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
06-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
02-May-2017 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
02-May-2017 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
01-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2h)
30-Apr-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1h)
29-Apr-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
22-Apr-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
22-Apr-2017 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1m,1f)
21-Apr-2017 : MoD Arncott (h)
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
15-Apr-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3+)

31-Dec-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1f)
07-Nov-2016 : Huerta Grande, Spain (2)
03-Nov-2016 : Los Riscos, Spain
03-Nov-2016 : Montejaque, Spain
09-Jul-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
19-Jun-2016 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
19-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
09-Jun-2016 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
28-May-2016 : Wicken Wood, Bucks (h)
28-May-2016 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (h)
27-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
24-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1h)
22-May-2016 : Lardon Chase, Berks (1h)
22-May-2016 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (1h)
21-May-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1h)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
08-May-2016 : Whelford Pools, Glos (h)
08-May-2016 : Cirencester Park Woods, Glos (1m)
07-May-2016 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1m,1f)
05-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
04-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1f)
03-May-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1m,1f)
02-May-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1h)
30-Apr-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1h)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m,1f)
23-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1m,1f)
20-Apr-2016 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1m)
19-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1m)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1f)

27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Aug-2015 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1m)
23-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
27-Jun-2015 : Stanford Dingley, Berks (1)
21-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
21-Jun-2015 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
16-Jun-2015 : Heddon Valley, Devon (3m,1f)
06-Jun-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
30-May-2015 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
30-May-2015 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (h)
28-May-2015 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
23-May-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
17-May-2015 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (h)
16-May-2015 : Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (1+)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2h)
04-May-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
04-May-2015 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (h)
01-May-2015 : Arne, Dorset (h)
30-Apr-2015 : Stoborough Heath NNR, Dorset (1)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
27-Apr-2015 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (4)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
26-Apr-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
25-Apr-2015 : Ardley Quarry, Oxon (h)
23-Apr-2015 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (h)
22-Apr-2015 : Burgess Field, Oxon (1)
21-Apr-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
18-Apr-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
21-Feb-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
20-Feb-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
09-Feb-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
08-Feb-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
03-Feb-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
04-Jan-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)

30-Dec-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
29-Dec-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m)
03-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
20-Jul-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
12-Jul-2014 : Watlington Hill, Oxon (h)
12-Jul-2014 : Homefield Wood, Bucks (2)
29-Jun-2014 : Crowle Moor, N. Lincs (h)
28-Jun-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
20-Jun-2014 : nr Dolna Kula, Bulgaria (h)
14-Jun-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
08-Jun-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
08-Jun-2014 : Parsonage Moor, Oxon (h)
07-Jun-2014 : Stanford Dingley, Berks (h)
06-Jun-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
05-Jun-2014 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (h)
03-Jun-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
01-Jun-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
01-Jun-2014 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (h)
31-May-2014 : Wicken Wood, Bucks (h)
25-May-2014 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
18-May-2014 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
17-May-2014 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (1+)
12-May-2014 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1)
11-May-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
11-May-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
07-May-2014 : Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire (h)
07-May-2014 : Teifi Marshes, Pembrokeshire (h)
05-May-2014 : Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion (2)
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Apr-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos
21-Apr-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2014 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (2)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2m)
15-Apr-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1h)
13-Apr-2014 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
12-Apr-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1h)