Species of the Month - January 2012


Fringilla montifringilla

With no end in sight to the stormy weather and little incentive to venture outdoors, this month's species is one you may see from your living-room window - if you're very lucky.  The Brambling is a winter visitor from Scandinavia that sometimes comes to garden bird feeders.  Away from gardens you are most likely to find it in beech woods.

  Fringilla montifringilla

I don't have any Brambling photos but Terry Robilliard has kindly provided this one.  The bird has a white belly and orange breast, with the orange extending onto the shoulders and wing-bars.  On a Chaffinch the breast is pinkish merging to greyish on the belly, and the wing-bars are white.  The Brambling is easily picked out in flight by its long white rump. (Bullfinches also have a white rump)

Bramblings are often found in the company of Chaffinches, so if you have a group of Chaffinches in your garden look out for any that are a bit different.

Please send in your Brambling sightings using the form below.

Date of sighting 
Grid reference 
Number seen 
Name of finder 
Your name (if different) 
Email (not needed if I already know it!) 
Any other details, e.g behaviour 


By filling in this form you agree that the information contained in this form may be collated and disseminated manually or electronically for environmental decision-making, education, research and other public benefit uses in accordance with the LNHG data access policy.  Your email address will not form part of the record and will not be passed on to anyone.

Carl Farmer
G Biological Records Manager

Sightings so far

Judith had one in the garden on 12 Dec and says she has had a few every year since about 2001

1 Jan: Tina saw one in birch woodland at Kilmore, says they have been there for a while.

3 Jan: Tina had 3 in the garden.

9 Feb: One on the peanut feeder here in Taynuilt - Carl

18 Mar: Judith had one in the garden.

Note you can still send in records for past species of the month.  Here is the list of species we've had so far:

Dec 2011 - Red Squirrel
Nov 2011 - Hazel Gloves
Oct 2011 - Small Tortoiseshell
Sep 2011 - Fly Agaric
Aug 2011 - Grass of Parnassus
Jul 2011 - Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Jun 2011 - 7-spot Ladybird
May 2011 - Green Hairstreak
Apr 2011 - Townhall Clock

Mar 2011 - Frogspawn

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Brambling photo copyright Terry Robilliard.
  All other content copyright Carl Farmer.