Updates: Ortolan and Lapland Buntings

Ortolan Bunting:

Have added helpful comments on age and sex from Grahame Walbridge:


Pied Flycatcher:  

Graham Catley  (picture right heading off from Ortolan ‘mini-twitch’) also photographed the same adult Pied Flycatcher featured here:  http://birdingfrontiers.com/2010/09/09/ortolan-bunting/

– same bird only moved 2-3 miles NW to Sammy’s Point on same day. Is it a male or female? Not sure now. His first winter Pied Flycatcher with very limited white in the wings is an intriguing individual.

Lapland Bunting:

see notes on their arrival and behaviour from our forebears:


and see Marc Hughes story below (click on comments) . Here’s the map that goes with it (click on for fuller view):

2 thoughts on “Updates: Ortolan and Lapland Buntings

  1. Marc Hughes

    Hi Martin. I’m not sure how many Lapland Bunting ringing recoveries there have been in the UK, but I thought you might be interested in one we had a few years ago in North Wales. Lapland Bunting is an annual September / October bird along the north Wales coast at headlands on Anglesey, Lleyn Peninsular and the Great Orme. As with the rest of the country we had several records in late August this year. With the discussion on these birds origins taking place, I remembered an unusual ‘ringing’ recovery record from the area few years ago.
    A group of school children staying at Betws y Coed, some 25 miles inland of Conwy came across the corpse of a Lapland Bunting on December 11th, 2007. This is a very late ‘autumn’ date for a North Wales bird and we were very intrigued as to where it had come from.
    Amazingly the bird had been ringed some two months earlier (October 14th) in the Camargue in Southern France at Saintes. This is not what we had expected at all as I had presumed at the time that the bird had travelled south from Norway and was ambling its way back up there when it met its unfortunate end. It is only after recent discussions that I have gone back to the record and looked the possible route it was taking. If a line is drawn from Saintes, through Betws y coed and continuing on a NW trajectory , we end up skirting Iceland and continuing on to the east coast of Greenland. Could this bird have been retracing its steps back to Greenland?

    Thought this might be of some interest to you.

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