Male Brambling, Derbyshire, Peak District National Park. This small migratory finch visits the UK in gigantic flocks, with over a million birds known to visit in particularly severe winters!
Initially this proved difficult as the large flocks of these skittish birds are hard to approach and being ground feeders getting a clear picture as they rooted through the leaf litter was nearly impossible.
Eventually, defeated, I elected for a different technique and after dragging some photogenic mossy logs to a well known Peak District feeding station I sat and waited for the birds to appear. It didn’t take long for the birds to arrive and to my delight this gorgeous male posed perfectly on one of the logs, success!
“Bramblings do not arrive in the UK until late September and most have gone again by late April. Their numbers fluctuate year to year depending on the availability of beech mast in Finland, Scandinavia and Russia where they breed. Therefore, some years we may only see 50,000 birds in total and in other years there can be up to 2 million.” – https://www.discoverwildlife.com/animal-facts/birds/6-brambling-facts-you-need-to-know/
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