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June Meadows


A Calendar of Haiku - June

‘His [Yellowhammer] song is but a few bars repeated, yet it has a pleasing and soothing effect in the drowsy warmth of summer’.

Birds of a Southern County – Richard Jefferies

 buttercup meadows lazy afternoon chasing dreams   

The song of the yellowhammer has become embedded in our cultural memory ... and rural heritage as he sings, for his supper ... ‘a little bit of bread - and   no  c-h-e-e-s-e’ ... a mnemonic popularised by Enid Blyton in her nature and children’s books, of the late 1940s.

 evensong ... yellowhammer sing on into the night

And isn’t that Beethoven’s 5th, or is it his 4th (Piano Concerto) - drifting through the open window ...


Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major


Play the recording of Yellowhammer (repeat if you wish) over the opening of the Piano Concerto to capture the feel of a lazy summer afternoon or evening in the meadows.


The recording of Yellowhammer is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto

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June 1, 2020 3:56 am

Thank you Clive. The combination of buttercups with Beethoven’s divine summery 4th and the song of the Yellowhammer had an amazing effect on me at 3.30 awake this morning – divine dancing to welcome the month of June.

June 1, 2020 3:01 pm

Brilliant Clive! What a combination, yellowhammer and Beethoven!

Reply to  Clive Bennett
June 2, 2020 8:48 am

You are lucky to see a Barn Owl. Here they are rather scarce these days!

Reply to  Clive Bennett
June 2, 2020 7:39 pm

Over the last few years here I’ve been volunteering with the local wildlife trust to follow up Barn Owl sightings by the public but so far any of the sightings have been of Long eared Owls. Loss of field margins for voles and mice has had a big impact as well old barns and outbuildings being pulled down or updated. My surveys are usually done in July and August but this year I suppose they may not happen. I hope you celebrated your owl sighting!

June 2, 2020 10:57 am

This is sublime! I have always loved the yellowhammer’s call – memories of drowsy summery hours … And with the Beethoven it is idyllic. Thanks Clive!

June 3, 2020 5:32 pm

Wonderful, it works and for me no need for sneezes. This year I am in awe of all the different types of grasses here, as well as the flowers.

Reply to  Clive Bennett
June 4, 2020 7:05 pm

Oh dear, I feel for your wife as I suffer the same and it’s a bitter irony here too as have to keep in too. But I have discovered a weapon which is not so odd now, a mask! A friend made me one as very acceptable to have one here in the shops. I was sneezing on a walk and put it on. It worked…..

Helen White
June 3, 2020 10:47 pm

WONDERFUL suggestion about playing the yellow hammer over the music…perfection! And yes I remember that Enid Blyton mnemomic so well! You’ve made my evening with all of these sensory treasures.

Andrea Stephenson
June 5, 2020 2:34 pm

I can imagine myself lying in the meadow with the buttercups glowing around me and that soothing song….