Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Banburyshire: Yellowhammer survey working well plus some bonus birds

The BOS Yellowhammer survey fieldwork is nearly complete and has been both productive - in terms of finding Yellowhammers - and very enjoyable.  I have managed to complete four of the one-hour surveys, each covering a different 1Km square in my local area to the northeast of Banbury.  Both morning and evening the Yellowhammers have been singing well and have been easy to record.  More on the survey findings at a later date, but the good news is that they are still widespread in our area and in some areas of wildlife-friendly farmland they appear to be doing quite well.

The fieldwork gave some good opportunities to photograph the male Yellowhammers while they perched on a favourite song post or wire. 
Singing male Yellowhammer
Male Yellowhammer with food
Male Yellowhammer

One of the survey squares had a couple of small lakes with three broods of Tufted Ducks and a family of Little Grebes
Female Tufted Duck with a larger duckling

One survey square near Thenford was good for Yellowhammers, but also had a couple of pairs of Yellow Wagtails breeding, right in the middle of a field of winter wheat.
Male Yellow Wagtail

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