Jingle-jangle morning

I was up early this morning to look for corn buntings near Lodge Hill at Bledlow in the Bucks Chilterns, and was at the start of my walk by 6.30.  As I crossed the fields the skylarks were singing, with yellowhammers calling from the hedgerows. 

2 start of walk

Near the start of the walk

I followed a long bridleway round the side of the hill, and then came out into the fields.

1 bridleway along bottom

Bridleway along the bottom of Lodge Hill

In a scrubby corner whitethroats were singing.  I had been given helpful information about where I might find the corn buntings and, as I approached the spot by a pylon in a hedgerow in the midst of cornfields, I did indeed here the jangling song.  A number of buntings were singing, their harsh tones mingled with the song of skylarks and yellowhammers.

3A Lodge Hill from bunting spot

Lodge Hill from the bunting spot

After a while a bunting soared up from the cornfield onto the electricity wires and sat there for a long time, pouring out song.  You can listen here.

3 bunting spot

The bunting sat on the wire

After a while I went back over Lodge Hill on the bridleway between may bushes where blackcaps and garden warblers were singing in profusion.

4 warbler walk

Where blackcaps and garden warblers were singing

I came onto the top of the hill and looked down on the bunting country

5 looking down on bunting country

From Lodge Hill looking down to where the buntings were

I descended through the woods


Woods on Lodge Hill

and back over the fields with wide, misty views of the vale of Aylesbury.

A perfect May morning.


About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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3 Responses to Jingle-jangle morning

  1. andrewpurkis says:

    What a lovely blog. Thank you.

  2. John Bainbridge says:

    Early morning walks are grand.

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