FIVE TO FIND in May

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Mi­gra­tion is in full swing and May is a time when rare birds go off course and come over here. Add the rush of bird song, the dawn cho­rus, the spring flow­er­ing and the warm­ing of the weather, and this is a bril­liant time to be out and about watch­ing birds. Here are five birds to look for and en­joy dur­ing May. REED BUNTING

So much smarter than a ‘sexy spar­row’, the male Reed Bunting is a truly hand­some bird, with a neatly de­fined black head and bib, white mous­tachial stripe and col­lar and neatly striped up­per­parts. Fe­males are more spar­row-like. Reed Buntings are well named, as they do spend a lot of time in reedbeds, par­tic­u­larly in the breed­ing sea­son. Males may sing their sim­ple song from a reed stem or a bush near their damp habi­tat.

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