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Not that common anymore

Observed: 2nd February 2013 By: DavidHowdon
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0567 Emberiza calandra (Linnaeus) (Corn Bunting) - Choseley Barns, West Norfolk (VC 28), 2nd February 2013
0567 Emberiza calandra (Linnaeus) (Corn Bunting) - Choseley Barns, West Norfolk (VC 28), 2nd February 2013
0554 Emberiza citrinella Linnaeus (Yellowhammer) and 0567 Emberiza calandra (Linnaeus) (Corn Bunting) - Choseley Barns, West Norfolk (VC 28), 2nd February 2013
0554 Emberiza citrinella Linnaeus (Yellowhammer) and 0567 Emberiza calandra (Linnaeus) (Corn Bunting) - Choseley Barns, West Norfolk (VC 28), 2nd February 2013
0521 Carduelis chloris (Linnaeus) (Greenfinch) and 0567 Emberiza calandra (Linnaeus) (Corn Bunting) - Choseley Barns, West Norfolk (VC 28), 2nd February 2013
0518 Chaffinch 0519 Brambling 0521 Greenfinch and 0567 Corn Bunting_D_01
Description:

Once upon a time every farmyard hedgeline would have had a mix of birds like this.

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Comments

ophrys's picture

Common

They are quite a common bird still around me, with one singing every 50 yards or less along some roads, locally, on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. The recent snow pulled some large flocks together, as well. But then we have loads of Tree Sparrows as well.

I can remember how unusual they were becoming down south when I used to live there 20 years ago, though.

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jerebarker's picture

Nice!

I'd be very happy indeed to see a little mix like that in my local hedges... Long gone (as a breeding bird) from Devon's countryside. Even the Yellowhammers have thinned out since I was a child - and that's not so long ago!