Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra)
Species

Taken at Churn, Oxon., on April 13th 2014.
(1/1250th sec at f11. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 16 - 19cm

Unlike most buntings, the Corn Bunting sexes are similar, although the male is larger. They are streaked grey-brown above, and have whitish underparts.

Corn Buntings are found mainly in England and the east coast of Scotland.

The Corn Bunting is a bird of open country with trees, such as farmland and weedy wasteland. It has declined greatly in northwest Europe due to intensive agricultural practices depriving it of its food supply of weed seeds and insects, the latter especially when feeding young.

They are often seen perched prominently on a hedge, post or wire, singing a jangling song. Birds form flocks in the winter.

The Corn Bunting has Red status on the British list due to its dramatic population decline caused by changes in farming practices. There are about 11000 breeding territories in the UK.

Sightings

13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)

08-Jul-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
07-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
06-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
15-Apr-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)

05-Nov-2016 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain (3+)
03-Nov-2016 : Embalse de Montejaque, Spain (1+)
03-Apr-2016 : Churn, Oxon (2)

23-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
07-Jun-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (6)

21-Jun-2014 : Zhelezhari, Bulgaria
19-Jun-2014 : Susam Reservoir, Bulgaria
18-Jun-2014 : nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria
13-Apr-2014 : Churn, Oxon (3+)