Bramblings!

Recently we have been seeing lots of Bramblings which have been a new species for my local patch.  The top of Sherbrooke woods have been teaming with the birds and we’ve estimated there’s about 60 of them.  They have been feeding on the beech mast.  Another place we’ve seen them is the cliff edge in the other part of the valley.  There are loads of other finches up there and the Bramblings have been in large flocks of Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch.  The only thing we can think they have been feeding on up there is ash keys as the hawthorn berries have all been stripped by the winter thrushes. On the 30th December we had some come and feed in the garden.  We were sure we had at least two, both females.  They were one of the first birds down to some fat we put out which had some small round seeds in which they must have been picking out.  It seems like it’s going to be a good winter for them but now we’re seeing them in the garden we think the beech mast in Sherbrooke must be running low.  Hopefully the numbers will build up!