25th May 2015

Yellowhammers on the outskirts of Sheffield- I have covered these birds at RSPB Old Moor earlier in the year, but was delighted to watch them feeding (grain, on the ground, they don’t like feeders) in west Sheffield. These were males- the females are duller, though both, being buntings, have stripey brown backs and strong beaks able to crush seeds. Called ‘Yellow Bird of the Gorse’ (Melyn yr Eithrin) in Wales, they can be seen in fields, woodland edges, or sitting up on the tops of gorse bushes, singing. They have declined 50% in 25 years and are now threatened, and on the Red List. They are stunning. Increasing the sowing of flowers on field margins, and hedge-planting may help them rebuild their numbers. Conditions: Cool, cloudy and dry. Temperature: Max 13- Min 9c.IMG_9214

This shows their pale underwing

This shows their pale underwing

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