Worcestershire Record No. 26 April 2009 pp. 45-46

SOME BREEDING LOCATIONS OF CORN BUNTING EMBERIZA CALANDRA IN WORCESTERSHIRE

Steve Davies

As my interest in this species has developed, I have visited any areas that I suspect may still hold breeding Corn Buntings. Some of the sites listed in Table 1 are well-known to subscribers to the Worcesterbirding website which receives regular reports on this species presence at Shenstone. Other sites may not be so well-known. Some of these records have come from my study site at Wick, while a few have been picked up on Timed Tetrad Visits (TTVs) during BTO Atlas fieldwork.

Year

No. of singing males

Grid Reference

Location

W or w/s

2006

1

SO865748

Harvington

w

2007

1

SO871743

Harvington

w

2007

1

SO968464

Glenmore Farm, Wick

w

2007

8

SO971454

Wick Grange Farm, Wick

w

2007

2

SO898506

Near Littleworth

w

2008

2

SO826625

Holt Heath

w

2008

7

SO971454

Wick Grange Farm, Wick

w

2008

1

SO968458

Glenmore Farm, Wick

w

2008

1

SO898507

Near Littleworth

w

2008

 

SO934466

Allesborough Hill

w

2008

6

SO856737

Shenstone

w

2008

4

SO986434

Bricklehampton

w

2008

1

SO893816

Iverley

w/s

2008

3

SO862818

Turbine Cottage

w/s

2008

1

SO875851

Stourton

w/s

2008

1

SO972480

Throckmorton Landfill

w

Table 1. Locations of singing male Corn Buntings.

Key: (w) Worcestershire, (w/s) Worcestershire/Staffordshire border

Interestingly, while enjoying the song of the male Corn Bunting as detailed in the first registration of the above list, I also recorded the song of a Wood Warbler Phylloscopos sibilatrix in Fenny Rough (SO867751). There canít be many locations where hearing songs from these two species could be possible. I digress!

Appeal for information

How many Corn Buntings are there still breeding in Worcestershire? Clearly there is a need to know. I would very much like to formulate an accurate status for the species. If you know of any remaining breeding populations or areas where they are known to overwinter Iíd be extremely grateful if you could please pass on the information. Or maybe you could increase the numbers at the locations that I have mentioned above. I would also welcome records from the past and any anecdotal accounts of their presence on farmland.

e-mail:stevendavies907@btinternet.com

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