Brambling, the ‘mountain chaffinch’ is one of birders favourite birds. A winter visitor, they don’t even visit every winter, it often depends upon the beech mast crop, no beech mast, no brambling. I spotted a small flock at Scar House Reservoir, in Upper Nidderdale, recently feeding amongst the conifers. They seem however to prefer the beech mast and with reports of loads of finches now arriving for winter they could be in your patch soon. To ensure you don’t miss them keep an eye out for flocks of birds around beech trees, if they are chaffinches check every bird for the distinctive orange livery and keep your camera handy, a photograph is always great.