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    Blyth's or Reed Warbler

    Yes, fuscus is typically paler, colder (greyer) brown than scirpaceus, thus closer to dumetorum. However, the difference to scirpaceus is greatest in the autumn; spring birds can be very close to scirpaceus.
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    Blyth's or Reed Warbler

    That's a very good question. But the legs are not pale enough, and the claws are blackish rather than being pale (yellowish horn); the plumage is too richly coloured, too many chestnut/rufous tones. And note that the tips of the longest tertials reach the secondary tips, rather than being longer...
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    Blyth's or Reed Warbler

    Indeed Jane. fuscus often moults later than scirpaceus, hence shows darker (fresher) remiges with pale Marsh-like tips, as in this bird. For me, the emargination on P3 aligns more or less with the secondary tips and is thus good for fuscus, as is the very shallow emargination on P4. BRW usually...