Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana L 15-16cm. Subtly colourful bunting, usually seen here in 1st winter plumage. All birds have diagnostic combination of pale yellow eyering, pink bill, and yellow throat and submoustachial stripe. In addition, summer adult male (seldom seen here) has mainly greenish grey head, neck and breast, orange-brown underparts and streaked, brown upperparts. In addition, all other plumages have streaked pale orange-brown underparts, streaked brown back and streaked greyish head. Voice Calls include thin tsee and tongue-clicking tche. Status Regular passage migrant, mainly in autumn to coastal short grassland and stubble fields.
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Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana L 15-16cm. Subtly colourful bunting, usually seen here in 1st winter plumage. All birds have diagnostic combination of pale yellow eyering, pink bill, and yellow throat and submoustachial stripe. In addition, summer adult male (seldom seen here) has mainly greenish grey head, neck and breast, orange-brown underparts and streaked, brown upperparts. In addition, all other plumages have streaked pale orange-brown underparts, streaked brown back and streaked greyish head. Voice Calls include thin tsee and tongue-clicking tche. Status Regular passage migrant, mainly in autumn to coastal short grassland and stubble fields.

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Date: 4 May 2013
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