On 5th March 2013 I found myself birdwatching along the Solway in Cumbria,NW England. I was pleased to catch my first Yellowhammer of the year near Burgh marshes.I had just pulled up in the car and heard the typical “a little bit of bread and no cheese” song.There he was in a bush nearby. I got as close as I could,but he was a bit flighty.Finally I managed one shot before he removed himself from sight.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR Sigma 150-500 zoom at 500mm.
The Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It is common in all sorts of open areas with some scrub or trees and form small flocks in winter.It breeds across Europe and much of Asia. In parts of Europe it is in serious decline; in the UK the species fell by 54% between 1970 and 2003. In Europe and Asia most birds are resident, but some far northern birds migrate south in winter.
It is a robust 15.5–17 cm long bird, with a thick seed-eater’s bill.. The male has a bright yellow head, yellow underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much duller, and more streaked below. The familiar, if somewhat monotonous, song of the cock is often described as A little bit of bread and no cheese.
Beethoven admitted he got the idea for the first four notes of his 5th symphony from the yellowhammer’s call. The bird prefaces the last, lower, note with 5 or more notes – instead of Beethoven’s three – and occasionally sings the last note higher than the others.
The Yellowhammer was introduced to New Zealand in 1862 and is now common and widespread there Source Wikipedia