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Brambling

Posted by birder on Saturday, January 12, 2013
As has been reported, a male Brambling has been hanging out in a backyard near Laurel and West 17th Avenue in Vancouver. I believe Bramblings are a bird of Eurasia. Today, January 11 2013, I went out to try to find the bird. I arrived at the back lane of the house (the best spot to see the bird) at around 2:45 in the afternoon. I looked around the yard, and saw many birds, including Anna's Hummingbirds, House Finches, Black-capped Chickadees, Song, Fox, Golden-crowned and House Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, an American Robin, and more. For a while watched these birds and tried to find a Brambling among them. So far, no luck. 

After a while I was joined by two other people looking for the bird. We searched, and soon they caught a glimpse (not me) of him coming to one of the 4 feeders with seed (there was also a 5th feeder, a hummingbird feeder). I watched the feeder that the bird was just seen on, and soon, I had seen and and photographed (not very good photos, though) my first Brambling.

The Brambling would come to the feeder for a couple seconds than disappear into the bush next to it. After a while of waiting, I saw a flash of orange in the bush. It was the Brambling! The bird was resting towards the top of the bush. He didn't move around often, and he was deep in the bush, making photos hard. I managed to get a couple OK shots, but it was really cool to just see the bird.

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