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Corn Bunting

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Common Name Corn Bunting
Scientific Name Miliarua calandra
Status Rare
Interest Level
Related Species Buntings
Flower Visible
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  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
Look for Listen for the song described as being like a bunch of jangling keys!
Habitat Reference

A now very scarce species but still found in isolated locations in Dorset.



Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

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This chart shows the number of records per month for this species where there are records (see note below):

The intention of this chart is to show which months during the year this species is most likely to be seen. The total per month is across all years; to see the total for a particular year select that year in the filter at the top.

This chart shows the number of records per day for this species for up to the last 30 days for which there are records for this species (see note above). Hover over any column to see the date and the number of records:

These contributors have submitted records for this species:

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These are some photographs of this species that have accompanied tweets from Twitter contributors. Click/tap a photo to see the original version.

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One of 30+ Corn Buntings counted on a farmland bird survey in N Dorset today - great partnership project #dorsetwt
Tweet Date:
16/05/2017 - 18:30
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RT @stilts38: Corn Bunting, Maiden Castle, Dorset
Tweet Date:
26/06/2017 - 16:30
Contributed By:
I didn't expect to see this down at Moonfleet tonight, a Corn Bunting calling next to the big wheat field
Tweet Date:
07/07/2017 - 22:15
Contributed By:

The original tweets from which these records have been derived:

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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
28/01/2018 - 11:15 Paul Harris

10+ Corn Bunting Moonfleet. Presumably same as seen by @freddyalway

20/01/2018 - 11:09 Nick Urch

7+ Brambling, 3 Corn Bunting, 35+ Yellowhammer and Chaffinches by car park south of Badbury Rings.

19/01/2018 - 14:48 Freddy Alway

13 corn bunting moonfleet.

23/11/2017 - 17:17 Mike Morse

4 Jack Snipe, 2 Firecrests and 2+ Corn Buntings have been the best on offer on patch the last few days. This mornin…

17/11/2017 - 15:23 Tom Brereton

West Bay migration 22 species: House Martin, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch, Great Spot Woodp…

15/11/2017 - 13:29 Mike Morse

Highlights this morning included 2 calling Red-throated Divers (just love that sound), 35 Med Gulls and 2+ Corn Bun…

09/11/2017 - 20:37 Tom Brereton

West Bay migration 20 species 1000 Wood Pigeon, Corn Bunting (pic blue), Yellowhammer (pic grey), Rock Pipit, Shove…

06/11/2017 - 19:59 Tom Brereton

West Bay migration 24 species inc 10350 Wood Pigeon, 15 'Grey' Geese, 2 Corn Bunting, 38 Brambling (pic), 33 Redpol…

25/10/2017 - 13:50 Mike Morse

Y-b Warbler again, but very elusive. 3 Corn Buntings east of car park & a steady passage of Skylarks west, includin…

17/10/2017 - 08:47 James Phillips

Privet Hedge 07:53hrs-08:45hrs SEO Merlin, Corn Bunt 4 Reed Bunt 2 Redpoll 25 Chaffinch 40 Alba w + 94 Skylark in stubbles @PortlandBirdObs

12/09/2017 - 13:45 Mike Morse

Rock Pipit is scarce on patch these days, so one this morning was welcome. But other than a juv Corn Bunting little…

25/08/2017 - 09:57 Retweet RT @kevin_parr: 3 fledgling corn buntings this morning on Eggardon Hill - 'their' field likely to be cut today so just in time.....@DorsetB…
16/07/2017 - 21:00 Retweet RT @birdygirl46: Corn Bunting at Maiden Castle, Dorset @DorsetBirdClub @JoKingDevon @MarkDobinson1 @markrabailey @tony_skyrme @plymptonbird…
09/07/2017 - 14:00 Mike Morse First morning on patch after a week's holiday to find Corn Bunting still present and still singing + our first ever…
07/07/2017 - 22:15 Mark Eggleton I didn't expect to see this down at Moonfleet tonight, a Corn Bunting calling next to the big wheat field
30/06/2017 - 12:45 Freddy Alway Also marsh harrier. Blk wit. Sw and com tern. Meds. 2 cornbunting.
29/06/2017 - 09:45 Mike Morse I wasn't expecting a Corn Bunting at Bex this am, only my 4th here & singing too. 7 Med Gulls thru and, oddly, up…
26/06/2017 - 16:30 Simon Treasure RT @stilts38: Corn Bunting, Maiden Castle, Dorset
25/05/2017 - 16:30 Freddy Alway On the fleet. Hobby spotfly yel wag. 2 corn bunting 2 sw tern 2 whimbrel 15 sanderling 15 Dunlin 6 rp.
16/05/2017 - 18:30 Hamish Murray One of 30+ Corn Buntings counted on a farmland bird survey in N Dorset today - great partnership project #dorsetwt
07/05/2017 - 08:45 Portland Bird Observatory Serin at the Bill at dawn per @paulwatts1979; also 2 Corn Buntings and a sm arrival of common migrants there; 1 Pom Skua thru on the sea.
02/05/2017 - 13:15 Mike Hetherington Corn Bunting in full voice: one of at least 3 singing males at Maiden Castle @EnglishHeritage #Dorset #birds
22/04/2017 - 15:15 Nick Urch Corn Bunting singing on Herbury Gore;7 more Whimbrels in Moonfleet Bay, also Swift earlier at Rodden