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Sylvia borin : Garden Warbler - Sylviidae
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Frensham Great Pond, Surrey: OS Grid Reference(484500,140500)
Williams, Aubrey John
Garden Warbler, Sylvia borin
The song of the male garden warbler recorded in Surrey. This summer resident begins arriving from its wintering grounds in Africa during late April-May. Found throughout England, Wales, southern Scotland and parts of Ireland, this species favours deciduous woodland with an open canopy and plenty of clear spaces. However, dense undergrowth is also required when it comes to nesting, so farmland copses and hawthorn bushes provide other suitable alternatives. Despite its name, the garden warbler is a rare visitor to bird tables, only occasionally straying into gardens found alongside woodland or those rich in cover. The song is easily confused with that of the blackcap, and combined with the garden warbler’s illusive nature and indistinct appearance means that this species in not easy to identify. However a trained ear will notice a slightly sweeter song containing longer phrases.