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.
I followed a long bridleway round the side of the hill, and then came out into the fields.
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.
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.
After a while I went back over Lodge Hill on the bridleway between may bushes where blackcaps and garden warblers were singing in profusion.
I came onto the top of the hill and looked down on the bunting country
I descended through the woods
and back over the fields with wide, misty views of the vale of Aylesbury.
A perfect May morning.