03 Nov 2012 Brambling

06th November 2012
Bramblings are very similar to Chaffinch in size and shape although their colouring is somewhat different with the male having a black head, an orange breast and white belly.

Apparently you can see them from Mid September onwards but generally on the East Coast.

They are by no means frequent visitors to our garden feeders and I was very surprised to see one on the feeders on Saturday.

It is certainly the earliest I’ve seen one in our garden and it’s usually well in to the Winter months, January to March when they are struggling to find seed.


We often see Crows flying over the garden but up until Saturday they never land, so it was another surprise to see a Crow in the garden as well. We also get the one or two Magpies from time to time but Saturday we had five or six at the same time, presumably all from the same family.

The seed in the feeders generally lasts four or five days but the birds have been emptying them in about two days, I’m assuming they are feeding up for the winter.

So there appears to be some unusual activity going on in our garden at least.

Last but not least I found lots of light coloured feathers in the garden the other day so no doubt the Sparrowhawks visits to the feeders paid dividends. We do get cats lurking in the shrubs as well, so it could also have been a cat but I hope it was the Sparrowhawk!



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