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Bird Sightings : Grasshopper Warbler

Hebrides bird sightings - Grasshopper Warbler

Grasshopper Warbler

(Common Grasshopper Warbler)

Locustella naevia

Gaelic: Glaisean

Photography © Grahame Thompson
Stornoway Castle Grounds - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
15th June, 2007

Grahame Thompson is one of two British Trust for Ornithology ( BTO) ringers on the island. Ringing birds means that birds can be identified as individuals. Then we are able to learn about how long they live, when and where birds move. This is very important for bird conservation. It does not harm the birds.

 

  • Grasshopper Warbler
  • Locustella naevia
  • Gaelic: Glaisean
  • UK: breeding population 12,300 pairs. Rapid decline: RED-LISTED BTO
  • UK: Migrant breeder
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (Very small numbers each year)
    No proven breeding records but singing males heard in the Stornoway Castle Grounds
  • Breeding: Arrives in UK from mid-April
  • Winters: leaves Aug-Sept. Over-winters in Africa.
  • Habitat: Areas of low-thick vegetation. Heath, scrubland where there is tall grass or scattered bushes, reedbed, loch edges with large tussocks, young tree plantations or clear-felled areas
  • Diet: Insect-eater
  • Listen to a Grasshopper Warber (RSPB site). Best clue to the bird's presence

 

Furtive in nature and not easy to see when on migration.

 

Grasshopper Warbler records in the Western Isles

Scarce passage visitor (Very small numbers each year)
No proven breeding records but singing males heard in the Stornoway Castle Grounds
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


The chart below shows how abundant the Grasshopper Warbler is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

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