The Third Ladybird Book of British Birds – #7 The Brambling

I’m currently reading the third volume of the Ladybird Book of British Birds and their nests from the 1950s.

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Today it’s the pages for the Brambling:

Brambling - Ladybird Book of British Birds

“The Brambling is a finch, and comes to England…” Were all Ladybird books only available in England? Not in Wales, or Scotland or Northern Ireland?

These were photographed in Italy and the Italian for Brambling is Peppola. I particularly like a local name for them which is Bramble Finch. The BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) has names of birds in multiple languages, including Gaelic, Welsh and Irish. There’s no Scots language that I can see, though, which is tragic because a name for the Brambling in Scotland is Tartan Back.

Brambling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

That suits it perfectly.

“Being a winter visitor only, the Brambling does not, of course, nest in this country.” That’s almost true. There was a breeding record in Sutherland in 1920 and the number of nesting attempts is somewhere between 0 and 2 every year.

Brambling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I saw one on 4 April 1977 and noted it in my childhood nature notebooks. I think these were at Tandle Hill Park, where, earlier in my childhood, I was convinced that The Pogles lived, after seeing the children’s programme on our black and white TV.

Brambling - 1970s Nature Notebooks - The Hall of Einar - (c) David Bailey (not the)

My handwriting hasn’t improved.

“There are always plenty of Bramblings in the north of England during the winter”. Thankfully that’s still true and their conservation status is currently still green. I still see them only very rarely. Maybe I’m not in the right habitat? Have you seen them? They are always a pleasure to see.

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