Monday, March 19, 2007

Buntings are here!

Well, to be more accurate, a bunting is here.

On Friday and Sunday we saw a Reed Bunting in the garden. It was foraging on the ground where I'd scattered some wheat (with House Sparrows, Pheasants and Jackdaws in mind).

I didn't manage to get a photo, but it's an interesting looking bird, midway between fresher, browner-looking plumage and the smart black head with white collar of an adult male (the brown tips to the feathers wear away in spring).

It was so brown that I started wondering whether it was really a female, as they can start to look very like males when they get old. Hopefully it'll hang around a bit longer and we can see what happens.