BRAMBLING

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

The Brambling is a bird of the north and east in Europe, with the tini­est pos­si­ble breeding pop­u­la­tion in the UK (one or two pairs). It is es­sen­tially a win­ter vis­i­tor to the UK, also found on pas­sage. So, we tend to see them in win­ter plumage, when they are very pretty but not quite as spec­tac­u­lar as the black and orange breeding garb. They start re­turn­ing to the breeding ar­eas in March, so now is a good time to catch up with them feed­ing in fields or in Beech wood­land, of­ten as­so­ci­at­ing with Chaffinches. Bram­blings are roughly the same shape as Chaffinches, but have white rumps, orange shoul­ders and wing bars, white bel­lies and a dis­tinc­tive, nasal ‘dweeb’ call.

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