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Acro Warbler - England (1 Viewer)

Phil Andrews

It's only Rock and Roller but I like it
I would be grateful for your thoughts on this acro warbler observed on the east coast of England in the last week. Based on the attached image (not mine) it has been ID'ed as both Reed and Marsh. I am hoping further images may be available later.
 

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Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
Very limited what can be done with this pic - any others yet showing the wing better? Colour tone (lack of rufous tones) and habitat both slightly favour Marsh, but neither is even remotely definitive.
 

Phil Andrews

It's only Rock and Roller but I like it
Very limited what can be done with this pic - any others yet showing the wing better? Colour tone (lack of rufous tones) and habitat both slightly favour Marsh, but neither is even remotely definitive.

Thanks Nutcracker - I'm waiting to see what is emailed to me.
 

Phil Andrews

It's only Rock and Roller but I like it
A few more images now available
 

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andyb39

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Bump! I'm not sure why nobody has responded.

I would go for Marsh Warbler myself. In addition to Nutcracker's points above, the underparts, in particular the belly, have a slight yellowish cast, the legs are brownish, the loral stripe is weak, the supercilium continues beyond the eye and forms a crescent over the eye (giving the impression of a half-eyering), the tertials are dark-centered with pale edges and there seems to be a fair primary projection - the tips are difficult to count but I reckon there are at least 7 in view. A pale bill with a dark ridge is supposed to be another ID point but I've seen quite a few Reed Warbler images showing the same feature.

I'd be interested to hear any other opinions.
 
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nobbyball

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Marsh as well. Short stubby bill, total lack of rufous tones, pale brown legs and pale feet, and certainly in picture 4, the pale fringes to the tertials. Just has that feel about it as well...
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