A bright yellow farmland bird, sitting atop a hedge and singing ‘A little bit of bread and no cheeeeeeese’ makes this a winning combination and a relatively easy bird to identify by song or sight.
It’s a rattle followed by that cheeeeeese note – there’s nothing quite like it in most parts of the UK (just the related Cirl Bunting in Devon has a similar song but doesn’t do the cheese bit (although sometimes Yellowhammers don’t as well)).
Here is a bird from the Czech Republic:
And another individual from the Czech Republic (who sometimes adds in another note after ‘cheese’):
And lastly a UK bird with sonogram:
A simply song which is so typical of the farmed countryside (although less familiar now as Yellowhammers have declined in numbers) and an easy bird to recognise.