Where do willow warblers go in winter?

Do willow warblers migrate? Willow warblers leave the UK between July and September to spend the winter in Africa, south of the Sahara. Unlike most other birds, willow warblers moult their feathers twice a year.

Do willow warblers hover?

In flight the Willow Warbler can be seen darting after flying insects, and it may also briefly be seen to hover. The male courts by chasing the female, while quivering his wings.

Do willow warblers overwinter in UK?

During these cold winter days it is nice to think back to the summer full of the song of the Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and the reeling Grasshopper Warbler. Whilst most warblers migrate from Britain & Ireland to enjoy the warmth of their African wintering grounds, some migrate from Europe to spend the winter here.

Are willow warblers common?

Chiffchaffs and willow warblers are both quite common, but there are two other similar species of warbler to look out for which are much rarer.

Are willow warblers rare?

The willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) is a very common and widespread leaf warbler which breeds throughout northern and temperate Europe and the Palearctic, from Ireland east to the Anadyr River basin in eastern Siberia. It is strongly migratory, with almost all of the population wintering in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Do willow warblers visit gardens?

The willow warbler is a slim, delicate bird of woodland, scrub, parks and gardens.

How big is a willow warbler?

8.7 g
Willow warbler/Mass

Do garden warblers migrate?

The garden warbler starts to arrive in late April and May and leaves in mid-July. Migrants can be seen through August and September when Continental birds can be seen along the east and south coasts.

What is the difference between a chiffchaff and a willow warbler?

They are small birds with slender legs and bill. The easiest way to tell these two birds apart is by leg colour. Chiffchaffs have black legs and willow warblers have light brown legs. Chiffchaffs constantly flick their tails whereas willow warblers only do it occasionally.

Where do willow warblers live?

The willow warbler is a slim, delicate bird of woodland, scrub, parks and gardens. It can be heard singing a melodious, warbling song from the tree canopy. Willow warblers are migratory birds, breeding in Europe and migrating to southern Africa for the winter.

What size is a willow warbler?

12.5 cm long
The willow warbler is a typical leaf warbler in appearance, 11–12.5 cm long and 7–15 g weight. It is greenish brown above and off-white to yellowish below; the wings are plain greenish-brown with no wingbars.

How do you identify a willow warbler?

The willow warbler is green above and pale yellow below, with an off-white belly and eyebrow stripe. Willow warblers and chiffchaffs are both very similar, olive-coloured warblers, so are best identified by their song: Chiffchaffs sing a distinctive ‘chiff chaff chiff chaff’.