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Reed buntings in odd location, Yorkshire UK

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Old Wednesday 3rd June 2020, 22:30   #1
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Reed buntings in odd location, Yorkshire UK

I can't make these (seen 21st May) into anything other than a pair of Reed Buntings (2 pics each of 2 birds, which were a few metres apart).

The only thing that is making me doubt the ID is the location - on open heather moorland, within sight of a reservoir, but no reeds or "waterside" vegetation anywhere nearby. The only other passerines seen on the walk were Meadow Pipits and Skylarks - not even a Stonechat... so, these *are* slightly out-of-place Reed Buntings and not something rare, i assume?
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Old Thursday 4th June 2020, 04:31   #2
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Yes, Reed Bunting. I've seen them in the New Forest in this sort of habitat. Though usually near water it doesn't seem to be vital. Again will turn up in farmland away from water.
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Agreed, they do sometimes turn up in fairly dry habitats.
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