The Yellowhammer is one of the brightest yellow birds we have and is a bird of open countryside. It loves hedgerows and will choose a high perch to sing its song which sounds as if it is singing ” A little bit of bread and no cheese ”
It has been called many names through the years from Yellow Bunting to Gold Spink and even a Bessie Buntie.
But perhaps my favourite is the Scribbling Lark. Called this because of the markings on its eggs.
Here is an excerpt from a Poem called, The Yellowhammers Nest.
By John Clare 1793–1864
That last year’s harvest left upon the land,
Lined thinly with the horse’s sable hair.
Five eggs, pen-scribbled o’er with ink their shells
Resembling writing scrawls which fancy reads
As nature’s poesy and pastoral spells—
They are the yellowhammer’s and she dwells