The sedge warbler is one of our Top 20 birds. It is a summer visitor, arriving in the second half of April, having spent the winter months in sub-Saharan Africa. It is more boldly marked than its close relative the Reed Warbler, with a broad creamy stripe above its eye and bold streaks on its back. It favours wetland habitats with a mixture of reed and scrub.
Its song is a noisy, rambling warble delivered at a fast pace, compared to the more rhythmic song of the Reed Warbler. The song is given from a bare perch or from cover. Song-flights are also performed. The bird rises and after a short circling flight, makes a slow, ‘parachuting’ descent, often with the wings held up in a ‘v’ shape.
Listen to their song:Find out more in a school or group visit or just visit yourself and see what you can spot.