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Lesser Redpoll

Acanthis cabaret

Sedge Warbler  

Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Sedge Warbler, like Reed Warbler, have been ringed in the Kennet Valley around Newbury since 1967. They are long distance migrants between the UK and Africa. Their habitat needs are more catholic than Reed Warbler . It is unclear where our birds winter as our only African recovery is from Mali and the bird was probably in transit. They  probably winter in West Africa south of the Sahara desert. European recoveries are mostly from the French Atlantic coast in the Bay of Biscay either from the northern or southern coast near the Pyrenees, and others are to or from just across the Channel in France. An interesting recovery is of a bird ringed 8th Aug in Cork, Eire, recaptured 23 days later Thatcham Marsh site in the UK and shows perhaps a stop off in southern England for those from further west and north. We also have one recaptured in northern Spain and one from the south of Spain near the Mediterranean coast. UK recoveries include: one to Cumbria and one from Northumberland with the rest mostly in southern England.

Since 2000 we have ringed between 78 and 294 per year; the former total is from 2012, a particularly poor year.

Sedge Warbler’s show a steady decline since before 2000 at one of our main sites we have ringed since 1967

Significant records:

Records:   4500+ birds have been ringed by Newbury Ringing Group; 1967 to 2013

                   53 birds ringed by us have been recovered elsewhere

                   49 ringed elsewhere have been recaptured by us.


Distance:   ringed: Thatcham Marsh, nr  Newbury,  UK, 6th July 1980,

recovered: Lac Aongoundou, Mopti, Mali, Africa, 31st March 1982

3970 KM ,  1 year 268 days


Longevity:  first  ringed as an adult 8th June 1975, last captured 8th August 1980

5 years 18 days


The Sedge Warbler is a medium-sized warblers found up to the Arctic circle, They are migratory, crossing the Sahara from their European and Asian breeding grounds to spend winter in Africa. Studies suggest they return to spend winter and summer at the same sites each year. Habitats used: reed beds, scrub, ditches, and away from water hedgerows, nettle patches, tall herbs/sedge, and arable crops. In winter habitats of reed, papyrus, sedge, reed mace and tall elephant grass are used.

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