The Yellowhammer.

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.
Yellowhammers Eggs

Yellowhammers 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


About dickslexic

I have many interests including Football, Wildlife and Photography. I also love Music especially Rock orientated and loved the 1970's Punk movement and all the music and bands that spawned from it.
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3 Responses to The Yellowhammer.

  1. Ron Stevens says:

    Excellent photo and poem, it was a new one I had not heard before

  2. thomasgable says:

    Beautiful shot of this colorfully adorned yellowhammer!

  3. johng1962 says:

    Haven’t seen one for years! There were hundreds down the Broughton lane 25/30 years ago!! 😦

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