Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclus
The breeding population on the farm has shown a steady upward trend with five territories in 2010 increasing to seven in 2011 nine in 2012 and ten in 2013. Outside the breeding season it can be found in the wild bird crops at Bogg Hall Barns where the largest count is of 22 on 30th November 2010, although counts are more usually in single figures.
It is a pleasure to report a continuing upward trend for this species with 10 territories located in 2013.
Nine territories were located during the breeding bird survey, continuing a nice upward trend since 2010 (five territories in 2010, seven in 2011). Breeding was successful on North Screed, with recently fledged juveniles seen in June. The species seems to be benefitting from the raised water levels which have encouraged the rush growth on North Screed and where one nest was located. In addition the winter bird crops at Bogg Hall will hopefully be contributing to improved winter survival, although counts there did not exceed eight in 2012.
Five territories were located during the breeding survey. Otherwise up to five regularly recorded and seven in the wild bird crop at Bogg Hall on 20th October, with three still there on 22nd November.