Abild-Tved Route EN - One-two-three-four-five-six-seveeen…

Washington – that’s close! Washington is the name of the farm here at the end of Washington Road – the current stud farm, Curly Farm and Nr. Abild machine station. The buildings are situated way down to the right far from the beaten track. Washington is mentioned for the first time in 1906 and one can only guess the origin of the name. Maybe the place seemed so far out in the boonies, that it might as well have been America (locally the entire area here is called ‘Little America’). The yellowhammer is a cousin to the corn bunting. In size, shape and way of living they are very much alike. But the yellowhammer, especially the male, is distinctly yellow, first and foremost the head and the neck, but also the belly lights up yellow. The yellowhammer is a bunting that lives in the open landscape but also thrives with large stands of trees. Even in pine forests, especially young open wood cultures. As the corn bunting the yellowhammer is seen all year around, as couples in breeding season, and during autumn and winter in small flocks.
Tønder Horse Riding Club: small indoor training at Washington in 1965. Arkiv.dk
 
’One-two-three-four-five-six-seveeen’. The song is easily recognisable because the yellowhammer counts to seven when singing from the top of a shrub or hedgerow.