Blyth’s Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus dumetorum

(no entry in The Birds of Lundy)

Species added to the Lundy List since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007

British vagrant. Breeds from eastern Europe, eastward across Russia and Central Asia; winters in South Asia. 129 British records to the end of 2011.

All new records


First for Lundy

3 Oct – One, mist-netted in Millcombe, was ringed and photographed (John Haddaway & John Horton). This is the first record of this species for Lundy and Devon and came hot-on-the-heels of another long-anticipated Lundy ‘first’, Booted Warbler, caught by the same ringing team two days previously. The breeding range of Blyth’s Reed Warbler is expanding westwards and this, together with improved identification criteria and observer awareness, has led to a large increase in the number and frequency of British records in recent years. Record accepted by BBRC.

Blyth's Reed Warbler trapped in Millcombe, 3 Oct 2013
© John Horton


New record

25 Oct – One trapped and ringed in Millcombe (Rob Duncan, Justin Zantboer et al.); Record accepted by DBRC; only the second for Lundy.

Blyths Reed Warbler 25Oct2016 Justin ZantboerBlyth's Reed Warbler trapped in Millcombe, 25 Oct 2016
© Justin Zantboer


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