24th August 2018 Ortolan Bunting

Bright start with a light SW wind.

A very brief visit this morning but a fortuitous one. Whilst waiting for the Melodious Warbler (now relocated to the pub carpark) I heard a call which was instantly of interest. Turning towards the direction of the call and into direct sunlight, I immediately saw the silhouette of a slim bunting coming towards me, at a reasonably low height. As it continued to call (it did so throughout the whole encounter) my brain caught up with itself and I realised I was listening to and looking at an Ortolan Bunting. The bird was against the light and nothing was seen in terms of features. It continued on west and out of earshot. Frustratingly similar to one I saw here on August 31st 2016.

I’ve heard Ortolan abroad and as recently as this week, been refreshing my memory of their flight call, along with that of Dotterel!



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