Seen in a large Sycamore in a neighbouring garden but in the middle of fields.
No interactions present.
I've never seen them here before, are they rare or are they seasonal?
I first saw it hopping around the flower beds, is this normal behaviour?
They are basically a winter visitor to the UK. They are quite common and are often seen in quite large flocks often with Redwings. They will arrive around October and numbers will gradually build up until they leave during March or thereabouts.
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They are winter visitors from Scandinavia and the continent. They are very common in the countryside, feeding in hedgerows and then out on open fields. You probably have not seen them before as they only tend to enter gardens in very cold weather, especially when snow is covering the fields and so food is hard to come by. Quite exotic looking, really, but a common winter visitor.
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It's my parent's garden and attracts some amazing birds from Sparrow Hawks to Long Tailed Tits, Nut Hatches etc. It took a while to get a pic of this one, we haven't seen many!
Lat/Lng: 51.1, -1.3
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