March 9th   Leave a comment

A few corn buntings are popping up on the wires through their territories but there isn’t much song yet. The big flocks have disappeared and they are hard to find, lost in the middle of ploughed fields. The twite are still about and in big flocks. I found a new flock of 105 at Pitkierie cottage, alongside the road coming up north from Kilrenny. There is an old corn bunting strip there alongside the newly ploughed field. The margins that are being seeded and left for corn buntings have made a huge difference. Old school, big flocks of finches and buntings have been in lots of places this winter, brightening up the otherwise fairly bleak East Neuk farming landscape. And the corn bunting strips will have provided a life line during the snowy weather last month.

This photo will make John Anderson cringe but it shows well how distinctive twite are for a bird that isn’t very distinctive. Compare to the linnet bottom left. Peachy buff throat, yellow bill and dark crown and breast side streaks.

Posted March 9, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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