The Brambling was as elusive as ever today. I have stuck three images together to make more of it but it mainly kept to cover. It can be seen to be a male due to the black feather bases to the head and mantle. Look especially at the forehead and ear coverts. Eventually the grey buff tips to all of the feathers will wear off leaving a nice glossy black headed bird in the spring.
Also at the feeders, 8 Goldfinches, 2 Tree Sparrows, 35+ House Sparrows, 10+ Chaffinches, the odd Blue, Coal and Great Tit, 5 Collared Doves, 2 Woodpigeons, 6+ Jackdaws, 1 Magpie, a few Starlings, Robin and Dunnock. The whole lot vanished for a good while mid morning when the reason became very obvious. A female Sparrowhawk was sitting on the ground under the peanut feeder!
A short visit to the Spar Shop in Longhoughton showed its continued mothing potential as 3 Angle Shades were on the wall near the car park under the outside light. I haven't caught a moth for ages due to the weather.
A pair of Tawny Owls were calling to each other in the Village Wood this evening.
I see that the weather 'down south' is pretty poor today? Its not been too bad up here. Yet.
And why Bramblefinch? When I was a bairn, in the 70's, I knew an old man, a birdcatcher, down the local allotments who always told me tales about birds, particularly finches. He used to catch odd ones to breed from, female Bullfinches and Greenfinches to cross with male Goldfinches ( yep, thats right) but he always referred to Bramblings as 'Bramblefinches'. I can't see one even today and not think about old Geordie...
Oh, there has been a Red rumped Swallow on Holy Island yesterday. I wouldn't have minded seeing that but no show today...This is the last one I saw, in the very same place...