As a boy I used to take off around the fields and explore the world around me. My adventures always used to take me to a special tree and amongst the overhead branches, there was a special bird that would catch my eye, the Yellowhammer. Back in those days they were a common sight but sadly today they have become somewhat of a rarity in our gardens ( Presently listed as a red status species)
Here in Britain, we are truly blessed to have this bright yellow bird along with its cheerful high-pitched song, often described as a “little bit of bread and no cheeeeeese“. This familiar song can be heard from the top of a roadside hedgerow or fence post throughout Spring and Summer.
During its Autumn moult, the Yellowhammer’s feathers become dull at the tip, as if to blend into the bleak winter scene . Then as Spring approaches the natural beauty of its bright yellow colours radiant through and our lovely Yellowhammer comes to life.