Common Reed Bunting

Common Reed Bunting

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Common Reed Buntings, unfortunately, are not so common nowadays and are on the British wild bird conservation list. If you live near water or have water in your garden, you may be lucky enough to see these precious birds.  Reed Buntings can be found in various habitats. However, they favour wetlands, marshes, ponds, ditches, and streams; in such places they can nest amongst reeds and rushes in safety from predators. They will also nest on the ground, especially in the banks of streams and ditches.

Also known by their Latin name Emberiza Schoenicius, Reed Buntings are small Sparrow sized birds. They mainly feed on seeds, chickweed and insects, but they also have a taste for Oilseed Rape seeds and favour Oilseed Rape fields as a good breeding ground.  Being mainly a wetland bird, they are often pursued by bird watchers in the Norfolk Broads.