Category Archives: Buntings

Wild Weekend: Shetland Spring Extra

More and More by Martin G. This Greenish Warbler was a bit of a highlight find over a Shetland Nature ‘Wild Weekend’. Following on from the Shetland Spring Birding holiday, I lead a shorter ‘Wild Weekend’. A new group with … Continue reading

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Shetland Spring Birding Part 2

1/2 hour of Migrant Madness  It was on Unst where the most favoured memory (amoung many) of the week’s holiday with Shetland Nature happened. So let’s fast forward: Marsh Warbler at Skaw, Unst (Robbie Brookes). Part of a half hours of scarce/ … Continue reading

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Mount Hermon’s Breeding Birds

+ surprise new species (not fully identified!) by Yoav P. During the last 6 weeks I have been coordinating an extensive Breeding Bird Atlas Project on Mt. Hermon. This is Israel’s highest peak, and our only alpine habitats are there. … Continue reading

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Lightning sometimes strikes twice – Grey-necked Bunting on Helgoland

by Jochen D. One of the worst birds I ever dipped on Helgoland was the 2009 Grey-necked Bunting – I left the island the day before (as many other birders). With only a handful of records in northwestern Europe the … Continue reading

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The best date in the birding calendar?

What’s the one date in the year you’d want to book off work? Here in the far north of Britain, the week just gone has been one of the best of the autumn. No great surprise there – some of … Continue reading

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First Lapland Bunting

In U.K. this autumn by Martin Not like it’s really rare or anything, but I enjoyed it! Having been inspired (yet again) by a long conversation with Magnus R. at the Birdfair I gave myself a week to improve my sound recording (= do more).  Opened my nocturnal effort with Tree Pipit … Continue reading

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Cretzschmar’s Bunting

Tricky ID’s Seems ridiculous to say but both Cretzschmar’s and Ortolan Buntings can in the space of a few hours, become backcloth birds in southern Israel in spring. Just a walk in the small urban parks produces flock of both species, sometimes 40-60 birds feeding together. Yes, it is ridiculous! Both of these photos were taken just … Continue reading

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Sheffield Snow Bunting again

Sex, age and race. In answer to the questions I posed to myself and others this is where I’ve got.  My gut reaction to begin with was that the bird was a female, probably an adult and I wondered if … Continue reading

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Snow Bunting in Sheffield

from where? Popped out y’day morning to see the Snow Bunting at Orgreave. Fascinating incredibly hardy birds who live in some of the harshest environments on the planet (and I don’t mean Orgreave!). I suspect the age, sex and subspecies of this one … Continue reading

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