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  1. Mark Harper

    North East England

    No idea what you saw, there is nothing I would describe as a Shorelark without the black band, hence I would have to guess at what other features are missing from the description. My first thought was also Yellowhammer, which you say it wasn’t, on the basis of a bird with yellow on the breast...
  2. Mark Harper

    North East England

    Habitat as described for Shorelark sounds wrong, an opening in dense thicket / trees. I am not aware of any recent reports in Durham, although there have been a few in Northumberland.