Just back from a trip to Lesvos, Greece and will need to spend some time sorting photos and catching up with Contacts' uploads. Meanwhile here's a shot of a male Black-headed Bunting proclaiming his territory. This species is found in SW Europe and the Middle-East and is generally a late arriving migrant from its wintering grounds in central and western India. Only encountered in ones and twos and the start of our stay it was ubiqitous by the end. This species has occurred in Ireland on occasion but, because of its popularity in the cage-bird trade, some of these sightings have been deemed to be escapes from captivity rather than naturally occurring.
sc Europe to sw Asian open woods, scrub: sw France, Italy, Balkans ne to se Ukraine and sw Russia and Caucasus; in s to Greece, Crete, Turkey, Cyprus to n Israel and n Jordan, e through nw Syria and n Iraq to nc, se Iran
Nonbreeding Range Subregions
w Indian fields, thickets: far w to nc plains and s to sc Indian Pen.