Species of the Month - January 2012
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.
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.
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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.
- Red Squirrel