Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Species
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus). Male, summer plumage. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on April 17th 2014.
Male, summer plumage. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on April 17th 2014.
(1/800th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus). Male, winter plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on December 26th 2017.
Male, winter plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on December 26th 2017.
(1/500th sec at f9. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus). Female. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on February 4th 2017.
Female. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on February 4th 2017.
(1/320th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 13½ - 15½ cm; WS: 24 cm

Sparrow-sized but slim and with a long, deeply notched tail, the summer male Reed Bunting has a black head, white collar and a drooping "moustache". Females and winter males have streaked heads. In flight the tail looks black with broad, white edges.

Reed Buntings are found in most of the British Isles, excluding the Scottish mountains.

They breed in tall rushes, reedbeds and shrubbery on wet ground at lake margins, as well as drier sites.

Over 50% of Reed Bunting chicks are not fathered by the pair male but are the result of an adulterous liaison, the highest recorded rate of any bird.

It is listed as Amber on the British list. There are about 250000 territories in the UK.

Sightings

09-Dec-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
30-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3+)
22-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
31-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
20-Oct-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
06-Sep-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (4)
23-Jun-2018 : Meathop Moss, Cumbria (1)
20-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
18-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
08-Jun-2018 : Barnwell Country Park, Northants (h)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
02-Jun-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
22-May-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (h)
15-May-2018 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (3)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (5+)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4+)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4m,1f)
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2+)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (30+)
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1f)

26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
23-Dec-2017 : Lower Radley, Oxon (10+)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-Oct-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (2+)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3+)
06-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
02-May-2017 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1m,1f)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (20+)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
14-Aug-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
31-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
23-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (1+)
02-Jul-2016 : Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria (1)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
02-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (1m)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (3)
22-May-2016 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (1m)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
08-May-2016 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1h)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
23-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
19-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
28-Mar-2016 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (6)
27-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (30+)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (24+)

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
21-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (6+)
04-May-2015 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (1)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (12+)
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (60+)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1m)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (30+)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (30+)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (20+)
10-Jan-2015 : Lower Radley, Oxon (2+)

06-Dec-2014 : Lower Radley, Oxon (3)
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1f)
14-Sep-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-Jul-2014 : Bempton Cliffs, E. Yorks
08-Jun-2014 : Parsonage Moor, Oxon (3)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
24-Mar-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1m)
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
02-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Jan-2014 : Abingdon Sewage Works, Oxon (2)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon