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Old 29-06-14, 11:05 AM
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Default Warbler ID please?

This bird was photographed in south west France, but may be quite a common warbler in the UK. It had a very loud, agitated and scratchy alarm call.

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Old 29-06-14, 12:21 PM
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I am not 100% sure as I have never seen one but could it be a Melodious Warbler
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Old 29-06-14, 05:05 PM
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If it isn't Melodious, it may be an Icterine warbler which is very similar, although I'm not sure which one would be more likely in that area. Either would be a very scarce bird in the UK
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Good call, Woody. Having checked out Melodious Warbler, the alarm call, habitat and habit of vigourously defending the nest fits the species I observed.

Asta, I listened on xeno-canto to the calls of Melodious and Icterine. 90% sure it is the former.
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Yep having checked the distribution maps in Collins I'd be inclined to agree with the original id too
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Good to know I got the ID right I looked through my Collins Guide and the distribution maps and conclued that it was possible Melodus Warbler due to it being more westerly than the Icterine
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