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ORTOLAN BUNTING - Emberiza hortulana

 

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2018:

One was both seen and heard in flight over Northwick Warth at 08:50 on September 13th before dropping onto the saltmarsh near Chestle Pill at New Passage. It was relocated remaining mobile and vocal until around 09:15. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

A second bird, possibly this species, was heard briefly on September 15th as it flew from Pilning Wetland onto the saltmarsh on Northwick Warth.

 

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