A Dartmoor yellowhammer and more on Devon beers

I don’t see or hear many yellowhammers – a small yellow headed bunting – on Dartmoor but they do live around the fringes on the agricultural land. They are pretty birds which you often hear before you see them. They have a characteristic call which is often described as sounding like  ‘a little bit of bread and no cheeeeese’.

Yellowhammer 1
Sitting on the wires near Drewsteignton

Yellowhammer 2
A very distinctive bird – it is more commonly seen in the lowlands but even there it has declined tremendously in recent decades

Bales
The harvest is over and there are plenty of arable seeds left in the field for the yellowhammer to feed on

Following on from yesterday’s beer themed post on the Dartmoor Brewery, another Devon Brewery Hanlons make a beer called Yellowhammer. An interesting co-incidence – the yellowhammer in the photographs above was taken by the ‘Dartmoor Brewery’ barley fields. Wonder if I can make any further connections with this place and other Devon beers ….. It’s a bit too far from the Teign for otters but this is an area for brown hares -> name that beer!

2 thoughts on “A Dartmoor yellowhammer and more on Devon beers

  1. “A little bit of bread and no cheese.”
    A very well known onomatopoeic phrase used in Britain to describe the song of the Yellowhammer bird.

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