Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on April 22nd 2013.
(1/500th sec at f11. © David Hastings)


L: 11 - 12.5 cm

The Willow Warbler is a small bird with a grey-green back and pale under parts. It has a yellow tinged chest and throat and pale supercillium. It is very similar to the Chiffchaff, but is yellower.

In the summer can be found throughout the British Isles. It spends the winter in Africa.

It breeds wherever a few trees or taller bushes exist, often in woodlands and more wooded parks and gardens.

Like the Chiffchaff, it is often seen flitting about in the tree canopy in search of insects.

Although there are over 2.4 million breeding territories in the UK, it has suffered a moderate population decline since 1988 and is thus an Amber list species.


18-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)

18-Jun-2017 : Bernwood Forest, Bucks (h)
15-Jun-2017 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
14-Jun-2017 : Daneway Banks, Gloucs (h)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
27-May-2017 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (h)
20-May-2017 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (2+)
14-May-2017 : Rodborough Common, Glos (h)
14-May-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
01-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1h)
21-Apr-2017 : MoD Arncott (1+)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1h)
02-Apr-2017 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1h)

23-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1h)
05-Jul-2016 : Smardale Gill NNR, Cumbria (3+)
19-Jun-2016 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
03-Jun-2016 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (h)
28-May-2016 : Wicken Wood, Bucks (h)
28-May-2016 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (1)
08-May-2016 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
23-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
19-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)

06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
21-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1h)
18-Jun-2015 : Haddon Hill, Somerset (1h)
06-Jun-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
30-May-2015 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (h)
17-May-2015 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (1)
16-May-2015 : Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (h)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)
01-May-2015 : Arne, Dorset (1)
30-Apr-2015 : Stoborough Heath NNR, Dorset (1)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
10-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)

05-Oct-2014 : Chimney Meadows, Oxon (1)
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
14-Sep-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Aug-2014 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon
31-May-2014 : Salden railway cutting (h)
31-May-2014 : Wicken Wood, Bucks (h)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
18-May-2014 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (h)
17-May-2014 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (h)
09-May-2014 : Bwlch-y-rhiw, Ceredigion (h)
09-May-2014 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (2)
05-May-2014 : LLandewi-Brefi, Ceredigion (1)
05-May-2014 : Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion (3)
21-Apr-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2014 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1h)