Saturday, 30 March 2013

Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla)

We last noticed an influx of Bramblings in February 2011 (See here). Last year we saw perhaps an odd one. This week they are back in force.

Last time we saw them they simply cleaned up on the ground what had been pecked out of the feeders by the other picky eaters! This year is a different matter, all be it for the males only.
"What's going on up there then?" "Ah I will try some of that"
"Not bad but what's that over there?"  The Brambling had spotted the nut feeder!
Only one small problem and I mean small... The female Siskin!
"Get off! These are MINE"

Not to be beaten the Brambling resorted to acrobatics... along with the Great Tit.

Our peanuts have been in great demand this year, they will be missed when we run out next week. 

Interestingly we bought a cheap coconut (50 cents) drained the juice, split it in two and hung the two halves adjacent to the feeders... Not one taker after two weeks...However when we removed the flesh from one half and placed it in two places we know the mice and voles hang out, it is being eaten bit by bit... 

1 comment:

Tim said...

Our Siskins are all gorn!
Your Bramblings look like a small flock heading North to their breeding grounds... albeit slowly, I would think.