The Brambling has been seen occasionally at Old Moor and other sites this year, and it can be a garden visitor so here are some photo’s of Bramblings in our garden in other
years, just to tune you in. With deteriorating weather it may turn up to eat seeds you put out, though in a year when Beech mast is plentiful it may not need to venture so near the bird-table. Bramblings overwinter in England (they breed here only rarely) and are often missed, being in flocks with their similar-looking cousins, the Chaffinches. Even in their more subdued winter plumage they can be distinguished from Chaffinches by their white rumps and more orange plumage. Like several insect eaters, they switch their diet to seeds in winter. Conditions: Rough but mild weather with very strong gales in Scotland. Temperature: Max 12- Min 9c.