Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Reed Bunting  Species Emberiza schoeniclus

One of the more on back common buntings, especially in any damp or wet landscape, the Reed Bunting is easy to find and identify in summer. Males sing monotonously from low perches in the wetland vegetation. In winter, when males are far less striking, Reed Buntings are not so easily identified and also spread widely over all kinds of open ground and in thickets of willow, young conifers, and farmland hedgerows.They visit gardens at times.

VOICE Typical call quite full, loud, high tseeu or psiu, high, thin,pure sweee; zi zi; song short, stereotyped, simple, jangly phrase, two or three groups of notes clearly separated, srip srip srip sea-sea-sea stitip-itip-itipip.

NESTING Bulky nest of grass, sedge, and other stems, lined with roots and hair, on or close to ground in thick cover; 4 or 5 eggs; 2 broods;April–June.

FEEDING Mostly feeds on insects in summer, seeds at other times, taken low in bushes or on ground, often on open grass near water.

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