Category
A
Status
Very rare
Breeding status
First Record
2000
Last Recorded
2004

Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola juncidis


Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif Nature Trail [SO2] on 2/8/2009. Photo: © Paul Hillion
  Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif Nature Trail [SO2] on 2/8/2009 Photo: © Paul Hillion (visit site)

The first record for Guernsey was recorded on New Year’s Day 2000 in the reeds at La Claire Mare. It was feeding with Chiffchaffs but its skulking nature meant that only a handful of birders managed to see it properly. What was presumably the same bird was trapped in a mist net in the same reedbed on 24th April 2000, and was thought to be a female bird.

This first record was quickly followed up by a second bird on 11th August 2003, also at La Claire Mare. This male bird delighted in buzzing round the whole reserve, dancing in the air above the reeds whilst singing its unusual “zitting” song. It too was trapped and could be watched daily until 20th.

Another (but different) singing male was again found at La Claire Mare on 30 July 2004 and was present along with a female bird until 31 August (and possibly to the end of October. Both were trapped for ringing.

Zitting Cisticolas have bred on Jersey and possibly on Alderney and hopes were high that they would colonise Guernsey. However despite the small flurry of records no birds were recorded between 2005 and 2007 and it seems that any attempt at colonisation has failed.



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Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif Nature Trail [SO2] on 2/8/2009. Photo: © Paul Hillion
Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif Nature Trail [SO2] on 2/8/2009. Photo: © Paul Hillion (visit site)

Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif Nature Trail on 2/8/2009. Photo: © Chris Bale
Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif Nature Trail on 2/8/2009. Photo: © Chris Bale (visit site)

Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif on 14/8/2009. Photo: © Mark Lawlor
Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif on 14/8/2009. Photo: © Mark Lawlor (visit site)

Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Claire Mare [CLA] on 0/8/2004. Photo: © Jamie Hooper
Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Claire Mare [CLA] on 0/8/2004. Photo: © Jamie Hooper (visit site)

Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif [SOI] on 21/3/2009. Photo: © Mark Guppy
Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif [SOI] on 21/3/2009. Photo: © Mark Guppy (visit site)

Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif on 30/3/2009. Photo: © Phil Alexander
Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif on 30/3/2009. Photo: © Phil Alexander (visit site)

Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif on 14/8/2009. Photo: © Mark Lawlor
Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif on 14/8/2009. Photo: © Mark Lawlor (visit site)

Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Claire Mare [CLA] on 0/8/2004. Photo: © Jamie Hooper
Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Claire Mare [CLA] on 0/8/2004. Photo: © Jamie Hooper (visit site)

Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif on 20/3/2009. Photo: © Barry Wells
Fan-tailed Warbler photographed at Port Soif on 20/3/2009. Photo: © Barry Wells (visit site)



View database records (23)
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 1/1/2000 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 24/4/2000 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 11/8/2003 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 13/8/2003 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 13/8/2003 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 15/8/2003 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 30/7/2004 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 1/8/2004 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 3/8/2004 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 6/8/2004 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 11/8/2004 2
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 16/8/2004 2
Fan-tailed Warbler Claire Mare 31/10/2004 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Port Soif [SOI] 5/7/2009 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Port Soif Nature Trail [SO2] 25/7/2009 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Port Soif [SOI] 31/7/2009 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Port Soif Nature Trail [SO2] 13/8/2009 2
Fan-tailed Warbler Port Soif Nature Trail [SO2] 14/8/2009 2
Fan-tailed Warbler Telegraph Tower, Alderney 4/7/2017 2
Fan-tailed Warbler Telegraph Tower, Alderney 4/7/2017 2
Fan-tailed Warbler Longis Common 6/7/2017 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Longis Common 7/7/2017 1
Fan-tailed Warbler Longis Common 9/7/2017 1