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The Brambling

The Brambling

The Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) is similar in size and shape to the Chaffinch. It is recognised by its russet-coloured upper-breast and white rump, the male having a black head with the female's being mottled black and brown. Their backs are dark brown and they have white wing-bars.

Beware – The seven common foods not good for birds

Beware – The seven common foods not good for birds

Throughout the cold winter months, we all know to feed our garden birds high-quality bird food such as sunflower hearts, peanuts, and suet. However, we have listed below seven common household foods that are bad for birds.

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

The Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) is a small brown bird with a coppery tail with uniform brown plumage and a large dark eye. It is a summer resident mainly in the east and south of England. Nightingales are a little bigger and more slender than a Robin; the rich russet colour of the tail is often the only noticeable feature of the creeping adult.

Willow Tit

Willow Tit

Very similar in looks to the Marsh Tit, unfortunately in fast decline. Can be found in damp woodlands, hedges and, thickets in England, Wales and southern Scotland.

The Blackcap

The Blackcap

The Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) is quite a chunky bird and is about the size of a Chaffinch and heralds from the warblers’ family. It is a distinctive greyish warbler, and both the male and female have pale grey plumage with darker grey upper parts but the male has a black cap distinguishing it from the female with a reddish-brown cap.

February garden birds

February garden birds

During February you will see the garden birds that have survived winter foraging continuously in search of food. The fittest of these survivors may also start to flaunt courtship displays.

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