Male bramblings are colourful birds similar in size and shape to chaffinches. They have black heads, orange breasts and white bellies while the female is slightly duller.
The arrive during October and stay by the coast before moving inland as the temperature drops. Bramblings can form flocks of many thousands and often join chaffinches which can make them difficult to spot, although their white belly distinguishes them from chaffinches.
Bramblings feed on conifer seeds and beech nuts until they run out or they are covered in snow when they will move on to another area. If their natural food sources become very scarce then they will venture into gardens to take advantage of any bird food that has put out.
Bramblings prefer to feed from the ground so if you want to attract them into your garden use a ground feeder or scatter food on the ground. They will enjoy seed mixes and peanut granules.