bird behaviour, Sketchbook

Brambling on bird table

We have had a few Bramblings in the garden since the end of November. Of all the mixed seed on offer this male shows his preference for black sunflower seeds. Bramblings are winter visitors to Britain save a few birds which remain to breed in Northern Scotland. As the breeding season approaches the grey feather tips on the male Brambling’s head and back will wear away to reveal jet black. The orange bill will also turn black making the Brambling one of Scandinavia’s most striking breeding birds.

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