It’s a dull, misty day and the light isn’t great at Seaton Wetlands. There’s a flurry of activity and a Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus, arrives close to us. It’s a male with striking plumage:
I suspect that this one is a female, although I wouldn’t be surprised if I was told it’s a male in winter plumage:
They are such smart, alert birds, they are a delight to watch:
It’s over forty years since I first saw them. Here’s my sketch from my childhood nature notebooks:
This one has just had a drink and has a wet chin:
I find them really appealing.