Category
A
Status
Scarce
Breeding status
First Record
1959
Last Recorded

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix


Wood Warbler photographed at St Peters Church [SP2] on 23/4/2015. Photo: © Adrian Gidney
  Wood Warbler photographed at St Peters Church [SP2] on 23/4/2015 Photo: © Adrian Gidney (visit site)

The trilling of a Wood Warbler in one of the south coast valleys on a sunny spring day is a true indicator that spring migration is truly under way. Never recorded breeding in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, Wood Warblers were a scarce breeding species in Jersey. The last recorded breeding attempt was in 1918 and it ceased to breed sometime between that date and 1929 when de Gruchy noted it no longer bred (Dobson). Recorded in Guernsey every year since 1977, the Wood Warbler is a scarce spring and rare autumn migrant that has occurred at most of the wooded areas in the islands.

Although Smith did not record Wood Warblers in the Bailiwick, he thought it unlikely that they would breed 'I have never seen the Wood Wren in Guernsey, and, judging from its favourite habitations here in Somerset, I would not think it likely to remain in the Channel Islands through the summer' although he did concede 'an occasional straggler may touch the Islands on migration'. Surprisingly, the first confirmed record in Guernsey was not until 2 August 1959 when two birds were seen at Icart, one remaining until the following day. The first published Bailiwick record is from Burhou on 22 July 1953 (the first record for Alderney in the Transactions is 14-28 April). By 1961 it was recorded as a not common migrant in Colin Carey's checklist published in the Transactions.

Wood Warblers occasionally occur as early as the second or third week in April but the main passage takes place from the beginning of the fourth week in April to the end of the third week in May, peaking during the first week in May.

Over the past decade, an average of approximately 5 Wood Warblers have been recorded in Guernsey spring. During the 1970s it was an irregular spring migrant but increased in abundance in the 1980s, peaking between 1983 and 1985. These exceptional numbers included one fall in Herm on 29 April 1984 where it was estimated that 20 birds were on the island at the time. Since that time numbers have remained steady at between 2-9 birds recorded each year and there has been no particular trend in numbers. Philip Guille caught on average approximately 5 birds a year at La Fougeraie.

Most birds are recorded in wooded areas and unlike many other migrants, records are scattered around the island although most records come from the Fauxquet and Talbot valleys, Dell Nursery, Petit Bt, the Reservoir, Silbe Nature Reserve, Vaux de Monel and Herm. Most visual records are of singing birds holding temporary territories. These birds can hold these for a week or more and singing birds have been recorded in June twice - one at Petit Bt between 3 May and 1 June 1975 and another bird at Fauxquet Valley between 27 May and 3 June 1984. Any bird occurring after 20 May is noteworthy.

There has been one ringing recovery of the 126 birds ringed up to the end of 1999. Of these 85 were ringed by Philip Guille in Sark and the recovery of a bird ringed by him at La Fougeraie on 15 May 1976 at Fasano, Brindisi, Italy in south-western Italy was unexpected although usual for this Palaearctic migrant that winters in central and eastern Africa.



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Wood Warbler photographed at St Peters Church [SP2] on 23/4/2015. Photo: © Adrian Gidney
Wood Warbler photographed at St Peters Church [SP2] on 23/4/2015. Photo: © Adrian Gidney (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at St Peters Church [SP2] on 23/4/2015. Photo: © Adrian Gidney
Wood Warbler photographed at St Peters Church [SP2] on 23/4/2015. Photo: © Adrian Gidney (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at St.Peters Chuch on 23/4/2015. Photo: © Vic Froome
Wood Warbler photographed at St.Peters Chuch on 23/4/2015. Photo: © Vic Froome (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at Saumarez Park [SAU] on 28/4/2013. Photo: © Dave Andrews
Wood Warbler photographed at Saumarez Park [SAU] on 28/4/2013. Photo: © Dave Andrews (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at Fauxquets Valley [FAU] on 26/4/2016. Photo: © Albert Harvey
Wood Warbler photographed at Fauxquets Valley [FAU] on 26/4/2016. Photo: © Albert Harvey (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at Trinity [TRI] on 29/4/2011. Photo: © Michelle Hooper
Wood Warbler photographed at Trinity [TRI] on 29/4/2011. Photo: © Michelle Hooper (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at Marais Nord/ Vale Marais on 11/4/2011. Photo: © Chris Bale
Wood Warbler photographed at Marais Nord/ Vale Marais on 11/4/2011. Photo: © Chris Bale (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at Saumarez Park [SAU] on 28/4/2013. Photo: © Mark Guppy
Wood Warbler photographed at Saumarez Park [SAU] on 28/4/2013. Photo: © Mark Guppy (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at St Peters Church [SP2] on 23/4/2015. Photo: © Anthony Loaring
Wood Warbler photographed at St Peters Church [SP2] on 23/4/2015. Photo: © Anthony Loaring (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at Fauxquets Valley [FAU] on 26/4/2016. Photo: © Dan Scott
Wood Warbler photographed at Fauxquets Valley [FAU] on 26/4/2016. Photo: © Dan Scott (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at Saumarez Park [SAU] on 28/4/2013. Photo: © Dave Andrews
Wood Warbler photographed at Saumarez Park [SAU] on 28/4/2013. Photo: © Dave Andrews (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at Saumarez Park [SAU] on 28/4/2013. Photo: © Dave Andrews
Wood Warbler photographed at Saumarez Park [SAU] on 28/4/2013. Photo: © Dave Andrews (visit site)

Wood Warbler photographed at Icart [ICA] on 28/9/2013. Photo: © Anthony Loaring
Wood Warbler photographed at Icart [ICA] on 28/9/2013. Photo: © Anthony Loaring (visit site)



View database records (149)
Wood Warbler Pleinmont 19/4/1993 1
Wood Warbler Pleinmont 19/4/1993 1
Wood Warbler Jerbourg 21/4/1993 1
Wood Warbler Vaux de Monel 2/5/1993 1
Wood Warbler Paradis 3/5/1993 1
Wood Warbler Vaux de Monel 29/4/1994 2
Wood Warbler Herm 1/5/1994 1
Wood Warbler Pleinmont 2/5/1994 1
Wood Warbler Le Variouf, FST 10/4/1995 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley 5/5/1995 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley 25/4/1996 1
Wood Warbler Paradis 26/4/1996 1
Wood Warbler Trinity 28/4/1996 1
Wood Warbler Pleinmont 28/4/1996 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley 5/5/1996 10/5/1996 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley 11/8/1996 1
Wood Warbler Herm 1/9/1996 2
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley 3/5/1997 1
Wood Warbler Silbe 9/5/1997 2
Wood Warbler Silbe 9/5/1997 1
Wood Warbler Fort Saumarez 24/8/1997 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 27/4/1998 1
Wood Warbler Pleinmont 30/4/1998 3
Wood Warbler Pleinmont 2/5/1998 3
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 3/5/1998 4/5/1998 1-2
Wood Warbler Portelet 3/5/1999 1
Wood Warbler Vaux de Monel 30/4/2000 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 5/5/2000 1
Wood Warbler Trinity 6/5/2000 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 10/9/2000 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley 2/5/2002 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 3/5/2002 1
Wood Warbler Reservoir 5/5/2002 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 5/5/2002 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley 12/5/2002 1
Wood Warbler Fort George 14/5/2002 1
Wood Warbler Herm 2/8/2002 1
Wood Warbler Trinity 19/8/2002 2
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 2/5/2003 3/5/2003 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 21/4/2004 1
Wood Warbler Trinity 30/4/2004 1
Wood Warbler Pleinmont 1/5/2004 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 23/4/2005 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 1/5/2005 1
Wood Warbler Trinity 15/5/2005 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 2/4/2006 1-2
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 28/4/2006 1
Wood Warbler Grande Mare 3/5/2006 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park 1/5/2007 1
Wood Warbler 0/0/0 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 2/4/2010 1
Wood Warbler P 10/4/2010 P
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 2/5/2010 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 2/5/2010 1
Wood Warbler Trinity [TRI] 8/5/2010 1
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 9/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Rue des Bergers [BER] 9/4/2011 p
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 9/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 11/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 11/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 11/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Reservoir [RES] 11/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 13/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 15/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Lihou Island [LIH] 17/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 19/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Rohais [ROH] 20/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Brock Road STS 20/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Rue de Valniquets [RDV] 25/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Rue De La Corderie [COD] 26/4/2011 1
Wood Warbler Trinity [TRI] 1/5/2011 1
Wood Warbler Pleinmont [PLE] 25/4/2012 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 30/4/2012 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 30/4/2012 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 1/5/2012 1
Wood Warbler St Peters Church [SP2] 4/5/2012 1
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 6/5/2012 1
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 6/5/2012 1
Wood Warbler Marais Nord/Vale Marais [NOR] 6/5/2012 1
Wood Warbler St Peters Church [SP2] 7/5/2012 1
Wood Warbler Fort Saumarez [FSA] 20/8/2012 1
Wood Warbler Herm [HER] 10/9/2012 1
Wood Warbler Herm [HER] 10/9/2012 1
Wood Warbler Vaux de Monel [MON] 12/10/2012 1
Wood Warbler Vaux de Monel [MON] 12/10/2012 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 26/4/2013 4
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 26/4/2013 4
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 28/4/2013 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 28/4/2013 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 28/4/2013 5
Wood Warbler Rue a l'Eau 30/4/2013 1
Wood Warbler Petit Bot [BOT] 4/5/2013 1
Wood Warbler Icart [ICA] 28/9/2013 1
Wood Warbler Icart [ICA] 28/9/2013 1
Wood Warbler Icart [ICA] 28/9/2013 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 19/4/2014 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 21/4/2014 1
Wood Warbler Reservoir [RES] 4/5/2014 3
Wood Warbler Sous L'Eglise [SOU] 4/5/2014 1
Wood Warbler Reservoir [RES] 4/5/2014 1
Wood Warbler Sous L'Eglise [SOU] 4/5/2014 1
Wood Warbler Talbot Valley [TAL] 14/5/2014 1
Wood Warbler Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] 4/8/2014 P
Wood Warbler Vaux de Monel [MON] 19/9/2014 1
Wood Warbler Vaux de Monel [MON] 19/9/2014 1
Wood Warbler Herm [HER] 22/9/2014 1
Wood Warbler La rue des Clercs (SPI) 20/4/2015 1
Wood Warbler La rue des Clercs (SPI) 20/4/2015 1
Wood Warbler St Peters Church [SP2] 23/4/2015 1
Wood Warbler St Peters Church [SP2] 23/4/2015 1
Wood Warbler St Peters Church [SP2] 23/4/2015 1
Wood Warbler St Peters Church [SP2] 23/4/2015 1
Wood Warbler St Peters Church [SP2] 23/4/2015 1
Wood Warbler Rue de la Marette 28/4/2015 29/4/2015 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 4/5/2015 1+
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 7/5/2015 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 22/4/2016 2
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 22/4/2016 2
Wood Warbler Les Raies 22/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 22/4/2016 2
Wood Warbler Rue des Bergers [BER] 23/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Saumarez Park [SAU] 23/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] 23/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Rue des Bergers [BER] 23/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Jerbourg [JER] 24/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 24/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Essex Hill 25/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 26/4/2016 2
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 26/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 26/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 26/4/2016 2
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 27/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Barrackmaster's Lane 29/4/2016 1
Wood Warbler Sark [SAK] 8/5/2016 1
Wood Warbler Bigard [BIG] 12/5/2016 1
Wood Warbler Bigard [BIG] 12/5/2016 1
Wood Warbler Sark [SAK] 28/5/2016 2
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 13/4/2017 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 14/4/2017 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 14/4/2017 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 14/4/2017 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 14/4/2017 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 14/4/2017 1
Wood Warbler Fauxquets Valley [FAU] 14/4/2017 1
Wood Warbler Vau du Saou 25/4/2017 1
Wood Warbler Mannez Quarry 29/4/2017 1
Wood Warbler Petit Bot [BOT] 29/4/2017 1
Wood Warbler Val de la Bonne Terre 7/5/2017 1
Wood Warbler Val de la Bonne Terre 7/5/2017 1