Thursday, 18 November 2021

The Bramblings are coming!
Male brambling on a garden feeder

The Bramblings are coming!

The last few days have seen a huge movement of Bramblings, a northern breeding finch, out of Scandinavia, with tens of thousands of them moving down the continental North Sea coast - an invasion of the UK is on the cards. During the last week, one site in the Netherlands recorded over 30,000 Bramblings moving overhead, with similar counts in Germany and Belgium too. The highest count in the UK, so far, has reached just under 1,000 birds moving over Holy Island in Northumberland.

Fieldfares are also now arriving from Scandinavia, two weeks later than in most years.

It's a Viking invasion!