Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 4 March 2019

Corn Bunting at Hingham, Norfolk

The Corn Bunting is now a very rare bird in Breckland, therefore, imagine my surprise when birding near Hingham, Norfolk, and found a single Corn Bunting in association with other Finches and Buntings on winter feed 29th January.  I was quite amazed to find a Corn Bunting again, perched on the same bush nearly a month later on 23rd February.
Yellowhammer, Reed Buntings, Chaffinches, and Linnets were all present in good numbers close to the field of winter feed, a vital habitat during especially hard weather.
Corn Bunting at Hingham 23rd February
Noticeably different in appearance than commoner Buntings by its thickset size, heavy bill, all brownish plumage with streaks on the breast meeting to form a dark spot, a classic feature of this species.

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