Monday, January 5, 2015

Blythe's Reed Warbler

I was woken up this morning, by the cry of an unusual bird. It was a single harsh "tchuk" repeated a regular intervals. When I went out to locate the bird, I was delighted to see a new visitor in our garden. It was hopping in an out of some thickly grown tree covers but rarely venturing out in the open. I managed to get a few photographs of of the bird when it momentarily came on the ground to pickup something it dropped.
The bird was a Blythe's Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum). The bird breeds north of Quetta and is a winter visitor to the subcontinent. The bird is similar to the paddy-field Warbler and in the field, the easiest way to single out the one is in its behaviour. The paddyfield Warbler prefers wet or marshy fields, while the Blythe's Reed Warbler stays away from water and forages among heavy bushes. 

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