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Young Yellowhammer

Observed: 29th July 2009 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Birdslpearce’s reputation in Birdslpearce’s reputation in Birdslpearce’s reputation in Birds

Think this a young Skylark, it was feeding on the path and seemed unconcerned we were within 8 feet. Thought at first it may be injured but after three minutes, it flew away

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A difficult bird to photograph, this is a lovely series of photos of a young yellowhammer. A skylark would have a longer bill, and less green-yellow tones in its feathers. The real clincher is the reddish rump, the area on the bird's back just above the tail. This is visible in the first and second photos if you look closely.

Bob Ford

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Those are some lovely

Those are some lovely pictures, I've never managed to see a Yellowhammer and they're not doing so well these days with modern farming methods

Alison Rowan

Marita's picture

I agree

I agree its a yellowhammer the colour on the rump gives it away. but at this time of year there are many confusing brown speckled young birds around.

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Young yellowhammer

Newly fedged birds are often very tame, they have not learnt to be afraid of humans. cats etc. Especially in rural areas where they may not have come in contact with humans whilst under the protection of their parents.

This is a newly fledged bird because of the 'fresh' look to its plumage. Look at the pale edge to the flight feathers and coverts (feathers that cover the flight feathers, the ones on the bird's back in your photo). There is no sign of wear on these pale edges. Juveniles have weak feathers and pale parts of a feather are weaker than dark areas as they have less melanin in them. Therefore, the pale edges of many juvenile birds wear very quickly.

Graham Banwell

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little bit of bread and no cheese

One of my favourite birds of all time and the first that I remember being taught to id as a child through its song/call by my Dad as we walked on the Yorkshire Wolds. The Yellowhammer often sings from the top of a tree or fence post, and its high-pitched song is the well-known "little bit of bread and no cheese".