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Aves, 55/4 | 2018 | 159-173

  Exceptional over-wintering of Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla at Hermalle-sous-Argenteau (Oupeye)
Noé Terorde & Robin Gailly

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During the winter of 2015-2016 a Little Bunting was discovered in an area of uncultivated land at Hermalle-sous-Argenteau. Although the observation of this species in Wallonia is already a rare event, a few days after the first individual disappeared, two more birds were found in the same location. A bird also stayed there the following winter. These observations are described in this article. A careful examination of the plumage of the different birds shows that the three Little Buntings observed during the 2015-2016 winter were three different individuals and that two of those birds spent the winter there. The bird observed there in the following winter may possibly be one of these birds that had returned to its over-wintering site. In recent years there has been a marked increase in observations of the Little Bunting in Western Europe and in Belgium, where most of the reported sightings are from Flanders. As a result, the Little Bunting has recently been removed from the Belgian list of the Belgian Rare Birds Committee. The same is happening generally across Western Europe.

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