Category:  Nature Photography | Posted: January 9, 2019

Brambling ~Fringilla montifringilla

A Winter Visitor my 1st View

by Susan F. M. T.

I know these picture are NOT my best photos but this is the first & only time I've ever seen this bird a male Brambling ~ Friingilla montifringilla or in Irish Breacan a bird that is a winter visitor to the East coast of Ireland between November & March Identification: Same size as the commoner Chaffinch. Adult summer male Brambling are unmistakable, having a glossy black head and orange throat and chest. The rest of the underparts are white with some black spotting along the flanks. The bill, back and tail are black. Adult winter males have the black on the head washed with brown and have a yellow coloured bill. Adult females largely resemble adult winter males, but have a grey-brown coloured head, with a diffuse black supercilium. Juveniles are very similar to adult females. In all ages/sexes, Bramblings have a narrow white stripe on the back and rump, a good feature to look for in flying groups of finches. Diet: Feeds on seeds and spilt grain in stubble fields with other finches. Infrequent visitor to garden bird tables. Breeding: Does not breed in Ireland. The Brambling is a very common breeder in Scandinavia and eastwards to Siberia. Susan

Post Type Photography Mixed Media Minor
Light dark balance adjusted & sharpened, cropped then layered upon a plain black base sheet & framed

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