Melodious Warbler – records

Hippolais polyglota – ELOR PER – Scarce but near annual passage migrant

Earlier records are summarised in Melodious Warbler 1994

1993 – Singles Skomer 20 May and 17 Sept (GJW)

1994 – Singles at Skokholm 7 ad 30 Aug (MB, GJW et al) and Skomer 11 Sept (PG et al)

1995 – One Skokholm – 5-6 Sept (MB et al)

1996 – Singles Skokholm 8-11 and 17 Aug

1998 – One Strumble Head 4-5 Oct (SB)

2000 – Singles Strumble Hd 7-8 Aug (SB et al) and Skomer 25 Sept-6 Oct (MJP et al).

2002 – One Skokholm 30/31 May (GT)

2005 – Two records Skomer, 15 Aug and 30 Aug were the island’s eighth and ninth records (JGB).

2006 – One record, Skomer 29 Aug (JGB).

2008 -One was caught and ringed on Caldey on 16 Sept (SS) and another was seen on Skomer on 21 Sept (D.Boyle)

2011 – Singles Skokholm 31st July- 1st Aug (M. Betts), 19th – 20th Aug (JGil, SS); and Martin’s Haven 8th-14th Aug (O. Leysham et al).

2012 – Three individuals recorded on Skokholm, 2nd – 3rd Sept. (SS), 15th-17th Sept (MYP) and 7th Oct (LY).

2014 – Three individuals recorded this year, all on Skomer on 3rd Sept (LPL, JWM, EMS), 26th Sept (JWM) and 2nd – 4th & 10th Oct (JWM, EMS).

2015 – Single Skokholm on 15th May (RDB).

2017 – Singles at Whitesands on 1st -2nd Sept (MYP, KYP) on Skokholm 28th Sept – 8th Oct (SWo, RB et al) and one on Skomer 17th – 18h Aug (BB, ES).

2018 – One on Skokholm 2nd & 5th Sept (GE et al)

2020 – One on Skokholm 2 Sept (B. Dykes, RDB), with another there 10 – 19 Sept (W. James et al) and one Skomer 6 – 15 Sept (E. Betteridge).

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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Melodious Warbler – 1994

Hippolais polyglota – ELOR PER – Scarce but near annual passage migrant

First recorded at Skokholm from 3 to 12 October 1955, the Melodious Warbler has since been recorded in 27 years up to 1992. Most were single birds on the offshore islands of Skokholm and Skomer, though up to three have occurred at the former locality, in the periods 23 May to 29 June and 12 July to 23 October, being eight times more numerous in the autumn. Elsewhere, they have occurred at Ramsey on 12 September 1973, at Goodwick Moor on 22 August 1983, at Haverfordwest on 12 June 1987 and at Strumble Head from 11 to 14 October 1988.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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Melodious Warbler – 1894

Hypolais polyglotta

Such, as we are informed by Mr. Howard Saunders, is the correct name of a delightful little songster that visited us at Stone Hall in the summer of 1836. It is the Western form of the Icterine Warbler, and is something like a Chiff-Chaff, differing, however, from that bird in having the under parts of a bright sulphur yellow.

For so small a bird it possesses a very powerful and exquisite song, rich in clear, thrush-like notes. It took up its station day after day in an ash tree by the side of a lane adjoining our house, and there warbled so sweetly that people who had once heard it used to return again and again to listen.

We watched it one day as it was dancing up and down the branch it was upon, fluttering its wings as we have also seen the Wood Warbler do while pouring forth its song, and singing as if in a very transport of joy. We have been asked “Why did you not shoot this bird so as to be sure as to your identification ?” but who could have had the heart to butcher so sweet a minstrel?

On the other side of the tree which the bird frequented was a dense woodcock cover, through which a small stream runs among a thicket of willows and furze. Here we searched repeatedly for the nest, feeling sure our little friend must have had a companion, but so thick was the cover we failed to find it, and we were also disappointed in not detecting our charming songster the following spring, although there were many, besides ourselves, keeping a watch for his appearance.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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Melodious Warbler

Hippolais polyglota – ELOR PER – Scarce but near annual passage migrant

Melodious Warbler – records

Hippolais polyglota – ELOR PER – Scarce but near annual passage migrant Earlier records are summarised in Melodious Warbler 1994 1993 – Singles Skomer 20 May and 17 Sept (GJW) 1994 – Singles at Skokholm 7 ad 30 Aug (MB, GJW et al) and Skomer 11 Sept (PG et al) 1995 – One Skokholm – 5-6 […]

Melodious Warbler – 1994

Hippolais polyglota – ELOR PER – Scarce but near annual passage migrant First recorded at Skokholm from 3 to 12 October 1955, the Melodious Warbler has since been recorded in 27 years up to 1992. Most were single birds on the offshore islands of Skokholm and Skomer, though up to three have occurred at the former […]

Melodious Warbler – 1894

Hypolais polyglotta Such, as we are informed by Mr. Howard Saunders, is the correct name of a delightful little songster that visited us at Stone Hall in the summer of 1836. It is the Western form of the Icterine Warbler, and is something like a Chiff-Chaff, differing, however, from that bird in having the under parts of a bright sulphur yellow. […]