Yellowhammer, taken by Dave Metal
By Alan Wright
Have you ever ever walked right into a room and shouted: “Have a look at me!”
In all probability not, however I’m certain you will have worn vibrant garments that may get you observed and spoken in a loud voice occasionally, turning heads in a grocery store.
The fowl equal of that is the yellowhammer, certainly one of our brightest colored birds being yellow.
Even its track is a energetic one and really appears like “a bit little bit of bread and no cheese” – which to me could be a nightmare, as a result of I really like cheese.
The unhealthy information is that yellowhammers have declined, with the lower in arable farming, notably within the North West, but there are nonetheless locations the place you will be fairly of listening to or seeing one.
The Chat Moss space – now identified on the Lancashire Peatlands – is nice space for yellowhammer feeding on seeds and creepy crawlies in fields, hedgerows and on our mosses.
Presently of yr, look out for combined flocks of buntings, finches and sparrows and also you would possibly see a yellowhammer in amongst them, grubbing alongside the bottom searching for tasty morsels.
Yellowhammers are about the identical dimension as sparrows and can most definitely be seen on the highest of bushes singing their tacky tune.
It’s the male yellowhammer that has a vibrant yellow head and stomach, with an orangey chest and streaky brown again.
Females are extra like their feminine bunting household which will be troublesome to inform aside.
With the latest snow cowl, yellowhammers can have searched additional for meals and may need even turned up in some rural gardens, what a vibrant character so as to add to listing of a lockdown backyard fowl watcher?
Some Native American tribes consider that listening to a yellowhammer means you’ll obtain a customer and dreaming of the fowl means you’ll change into a standard healer.
I don’t recall that dream as I used to be getting ready for my latest Outside First Help course, which I handed…with flying bandages.
Most Native Individuals consider that yellowhammers carry good luck and therapeutic, and let’s hope that the work of the Wildlife Belief on the mosses of Manchester and Salford will create habitats for yellowhammer numbers to develop once more.
Our peatlands birding legend Dave Metal actually experiences a wholesome quantity of sightings of this vibrant and delightful fowl when he’s out and about.
Give us a shout on @LancsWildlife when you have seen any fascinating newcomers in your fowl desk.
Photos are a bonus if you will get one.
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