Apr 112021

The Little Bunting is an annual migrant from the taiga forests of NE Europe and into Siberia. It is regularly discovered during the autumn months, most often on the outer islands of Shetland and Orkney, the Isles of Scilly and sites along the east coast of mainland Britain. 

It is not often one overwinters, but 2021 has seen several of these attractive little birds set up residence inland, including Nottinghamshire, Sussex and Surrey. The Nottinghamshire bird has spent over 130 days at the RSPB reserve of Langford Lowfields and I finally cracked to-day (11th April 2021), and went along to see it. The bird has now almost attained full summer plumage and has even been heard singing. 

Also a smart male Yellowhammer came into the crop field for a few minutes.

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