Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mostly Bramblings

It’s not often a ringing session results in Brambling being top of the list, but that’s what happened today Out Rawcliffe way. There’s been a few Bramblings about the site of late, and I thought maybe three or four. But when I went to top the feeders and have a wander around the site for an hour or two today, I ended up catching 5 Brambling, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch and a Blue Tit. 



Blue Tit

A Brambling appears to have a larger head and definitely a larger bill than the closely related Chaffinch, features perhaps not always obvious with birds in the field but very apparent in the hand. Both Bramblings and Chaffinches feed on seeds of the beech tree but I suspect that with such a bill the Brambling is probably more efficient in disposing of a beechnut. 




All three male Bramblings were first year birds, the two females an adult and a first year. One of the males had fault bars through the tail, just visible near the tips of most feathers, a feature we have seen in the plumage of many young birds in the UK during 2012.

Brambling - "Fault Bars"

“Birding” birds today: 12+ Reed Bunting, 8 Brambling, 15 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 15 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl, 450+ Woodpigeon. 

Log in soon to see what Another Bird Blog is mostly ringing, looking at, taking photographs of, or hopefully all three. 


mick said...

All the little birds that you show in hand have beautiful markings and color. It makes me wonder if the UK has any "little brown jobs" at all!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Gorgeous birds.. Regard from Madrid..

eileeninmd said...

Wow Phil! Gorgeous birds and photos! The Brambling is a beautiful bird, great closeups.

Russell Jenkins said...

Some very descriptive photography, Phil. Great poses for study. I don't understand the "fault bars" very well. I'll have to research the matter. Thanks for the information.

Isidro Ortiz said...

Hello Phil,que bonitos los Pinzones reales,me encantan.Saludos

Stewart M said...

Splendid birds - I like the winter thrushes, but always thought the Brambling were a sort of Red Letter bird!

Nice pictures.

cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Gary said...

Great colours on all these little fellows!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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