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Reed Buntings Return

Postby John Pilkington » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:28 am

Today marked the return to the garden of the first reed bunting of the winter.

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Re: Reed Buntings Return

Postby John Pilkington » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:28 pm

As with previous years, the numbers of visiting reed buntings had increased to 5 by today; 3 males and 2 females now spend quite a lot of time in the garden, rummaging amongst the leaf litter in the flower bed or visiting the piles of mixed seed that are spread around.
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Re: Reed Buntings Return

Postby John Pilkington » Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:39 pm

Over the past few days, the number of visiting reed buntings seems to have fallen to one male only - he looks quite distinguished with his dark black head and face and the striking white moustache and collar. Perhaps the other 4 have formed pairs for the spring and he has yet to find a mate.
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Re: Reed Buntings Return

Postby John Pilkington » Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:46 am

The number of reed bunting visitors has cycled over the past few weeks between 1 and 3. The solitary male seemed to be spending a good proportion of the day exploring the trees, shrubs and food piles around the garden, but he too seems to have returned to his natural habitat now. Perhaps we will see them again later this year, as winter approaches.
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Re: Reed Buntings Return

Postby John Pilkington » Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:34 pm

Our first Reed Bunting of the year turned up on 19th December, about a week later than last year's first visitor. The black markings on its head suggested it was a male, but it hasn't been a regular attendee since. I wonder what sort of numbers we will see this winter.
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Re: Reed Buntings Return

Postby John Pilkington » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:48 am

Visits by Reed Buntings to the garden have been very sparse indeed so far this winter, with only one sighting of a single bird to date. In previous winters we have had as many as 6 foraging amongst the leaf litter and visiting the seed piles. Hopefully, this is because there is plenty of food for them somewhere else this winter, rather than it being because local numbers are low this year.
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Re: Reed Buntings Return

Postby John Pilkington » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:36 pm

I have been keeping a close eye on all the "little brown jobs" that have visited the garden throughout the winter, but so far, the collection of sparrows, dunnocks, chaffinches and wrens have disappointingly not included any reed buntings. A brief chat with another local bird-watcher revealed that reed buntings have been absent from his garden this winter too. Can only hope that this means that this species has found sufficient food elsewhere during the recent mild wet season, rather than the numbers have declined in our area.
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