July 17th   Leave a comment

Reed bunting – a late breeder in the rape field opposite the Wormiston turnoff

I have been away on Shetland for the last two weeks. When I came back the day before yesterday the signs of late summer were clear. There are few birds singing now and most will be moulting and generally keeping a low profile. As I cycled to St Andrews today I noticed a few yellowhammers singing, a couple of whitethroats and a reed bunting, but otherwise not much else. The reed bunting was singing from the ripe rape field opposite the Wormiston turnoff. Rape fields are quite good for birds and sedge warblers, whitethroats and now the reed bunting have all probably bred in this field this year. Opposite the rape field there was a flock of curlews feeding in a harvested hay field. This means the first waders are back for the winter already and I expect a few more will turn up on the shore this week as well.

Posted July 17, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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