REED BUNT­ING

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The Mitchell Beazely Bird Watch­ers’ Pocket Guide de­scribed the Reed Bunt­ing as hav­ing an “ir­ri­tat­ing, tin­kling song”. The song is repet­i­tive and sim­plis­tic, but it is so much part of the am­bi­ence of a reed-lined wet­land scene that it is surely not ‘ir­ri­tat­ing’. A male Reed Bunt­ing is a bit like a dap­per ver­sion of a House Spar­row, but with a neater black head and throat with a neat white mous­tache, col­lar, and outer tail feath­ers. Look in reedbeds but also small trees nearby. They are at their best perched proudly on a reed stem belt­ing out that ‘ir­ri­tat­ing’ song.

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