Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

 Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) in Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. February 2016. Not baited. Not called in.

Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) in Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. February 2016. Not baited. Not called in.

I was on my way home with groceries, walking from the bus stop with my hands full, when I noticed a Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) on a branch. I looked at it for a few seconds and noticed two other passerines on the same tree that looked a bit different. It was after sunset, not much light at all but I could still see their black heads. Male Bramblings! This species from the Fringillidae family is often seen in winter here, rarely in summer. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me, so I rushed home, dropped the groceries, took my camera, and went back to the same street as fast as I could hoping they would still be there. This is when I spotted this female Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla). Terrible conditions for photography but I was super glad to see this species for the first time. Wherever I am I always try to keep my eyes open, it often bring great surprises!

JAG