Friday, 17 August 2012
Back home and straight onto the local patch in the Fields behind the RSSKL (15th August)
Once agian I was bringing Theo for a walk around the local patch. Some of the usual species were about, despite the strong wind and prospect of rain. 1 Red Kite and 1 Buzzard were all I could find. However, whilst walking back through the field neighbouring the A41 bridge, I heard a "cheep" call I couldn't recognise. I wondered down the side of the hedgerow expecting some sort of finch or bunting species but was surprised when I realised the calls were coming from the ground and more specifically from fledgling Yellowhammer! This is certainly a late breeder. It was sat in a field which had been freshly cut for silage. I retreated quickly so as not to disturb it or frighten the adults away from it which would otherwise need to feed it. Instead I stood back some distance and watched through my bins for the next 10-15mins. Unfortunately I didn't see any adults attend it although I may be mistaken as it appeared to be a very recent fledgeling and it appeared in good health as it was calling repeatedly every few seconds and wandering around the field.