Phil Sutters

Phil Sutters

Posted on 03/18/2016


Photo taken on March 17, 2016


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A young male Reed Bunting - Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve - Denton - Sussex - 17.3.2016

A young male Reed Bunting - Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve - Denton - Sussex - 17.3.2016
My first thought was that this is a Sparrow - perhaps a young one given its fluffy head - but the dark head doesn't seem to fit a Sparrow's appearance and the speckled feathers look more like Pipits' markings. Any thoughts?
18.3.2016 - This little bird has almost immediately been identified as a Reed Bunting.

Ecobird, John FitzGerald, Ruth, Christine Boes-Schiller have particularly liked this photo


11 comments - The latest ones
Sylvain Wiart
Sylvain Wiart
Emberiza schoeniclus ?
2 years ago.
Phil Sutters has replied to Sylvain Wiart
Thank you, Sylvain. I think it may be a young male, as the head feathers are fluffy. The English common name is Reed Bunting.
2 years ago.
Sylvain Wiart has replied to Phil Sutters
I'm not sure, that was a simple suggestion. I 'm not an ornithologist :-)
2 years ago.
Phil Sutters has replied to Sylvain Wiart
I have looked in my small pocket reference book and the features do all match - the dark head with the white collar - the speckled breast and the dark and light brown wing markings. It likes marshy surroundings and the Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve is marshy in the Winter and Spring seasons. So I think that you have a good identification.
2 years ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
I think your first thoughts are correct Phil.

Excellent image, thank you very much for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
2 years ago.
Phil Sutters has replied to Jeff Farley
Thanks, Jeff.
2 years ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Great collage Phil
2 years ago.
Phil Sutters has replied to John Lawrence
Thanks, John. I had a lovely hour or so in the nature reserve on the way to shop in Newhaven with new discoveries like this little chap making it even more interesting.
2 years ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Your wonderful image has been seen and admired in Pictorials
2 years ago.
Ecobird
Ecobird
Well captured Phil. Love your presentation. Have a good weekend
2 years ago.
Phil Sutters has replied to Ecobird
Thanks, Carol. The little bird stayed in view for quite a while, so I was able to get a clearer shot of him than the other birds I photographed at the reserve. Have an enjoyable weekend.
2 years ago.