Saturday, 12 February 2011

Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

We have noticed over the weeks increasing numbers of bramblings coming to feed at 'the as much as you can eat garden'  They tend to eat seeds in winter and  insects in summer and here can be seen eating the nigar seeds displaced from the feeder by the Goldfinches. The first one we noticed was ringed and we were informed this was part of a migration study. None of the other birds observed have had rings. There are an estimated 13-22 million pairs in Europe.

video

The film shows an adult male with the darker head, a female with the lighter head and a younger imature bird with less distinctive colour.

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