5.10.20 Lapland Buntings

A light westerly wind overcast at first becoming brighter later.

A relatively quiet morning for me, In Shooters Bottom, a heard only Ring Ouzel, a handful of Chiffchaff, single Common Whitethroat, c10 Chaffinch, c50 Meadow Pipit heading in various directions, a single Tree Pipit and two Reed Bunting went over. A Wheatear flew across the road as I left.

I returned at lunch to catch up with these two Lapland Buntings which had been found midmorning. Lovely birds favouring the long grasses just between the pub and the monument. They are the first I’ve seen here, favouring the exact same spot as a Snow Bunting last November. Perhaps a pointer of where to look for these northern buntings in future! Whilst there, a small group of c6 Crossbill flew west too.


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