Ortolan Bunting – 2016 Skokholm

Emberiza hortulanaBras y GerddiScarce visitor

Scarce – 51 previous records of 68 birds over 77 dates, with a maximum of four but only 7 in spring

Earliest 29th April (1987) Latest 15th November (2010)

A vocal bird on and around Home Meadow on the 17th was the first August record since 25th August 1975 and the earliest autumn record to date (GE, RDB et al.); the five other August birds occurred on either the 27th or 28th in 1970, 1966, 1959, 1957 and 1947. This was the third consecutive year with a sighting, the other observations this decade coming on 20th May 2015, 4th September 2014 and 15th November 2010. The majority of previous records have occurred in September.

Source – Skokhom Annual Report 2016

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