Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata   [Temminck, 1840]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Sylviidae
BTO Codes: , LANWA EURING No: 12350
Number in Britain: 2 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 12 cm Wingspan: 15 cm Weight: M/F: 12 g    
Scientific name from: L.: Locustella=little grasshopper and L.: lanceolatus=spear-shaped (from lancea=lance)
World Distribution: BREEDS: c&n Asia, WINTERS: s Asia
Habitat: Reedbed, wet meadows
Diet: Insects and spiders
TitBit: More of a mouse than a bird, this bird is rarely seen off the ground (despite migrating thousands of miles), and can be oblivious to humans, occasionally even walking over the feet of those trying observe them.  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Fair Isle, 1908 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 101 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: September/October
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Fife (1987), Orkney (2003), Shetland (2007),
   North-east England: Northumberland (1995), East Yorkshire (1996), North Yorkshire (1994),
   North-west England:
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England: Lincolnshire (1996), Norfolk (1994), Suffolk (1997),
   South-east England: Hampshire (1979),
   South-west England: Isles of Scilly (2002),
   Wales: Caernarfonshire (1997),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Telor Rhesog
Danish: Stribet græshoppesanger Dutch: Kleine sprinkhaanzanger
Finnish: Viirusirkkalintu French: Locustelle lancéolée
German: Strichelschwirl Hungarian: Foltos tücsökmadár
Icelandic: Lensusöngvari Irish:
Italian: Locustella lanceolata Norwegian: Stripesanger
Polish: Swierszczak nakrapiany Portuguese: Felosa-lanceolada
Spanish: Buscarla lanceolada Swedish: Träsksångare
Local Names: PG Tips

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