Brambling

Fringilla montifringilla

This attractive old world finch is nearly annual in the Pribilof Islands. On a typical year a few individuals will be found during the last weeks of May and first week of June. On exceptional years large flocks are found, and some years birds linger through the summer. Although Bramblings occur island-wide, some especially good places to search are the crab pots, around the town’s houses, and the rocky areas around Northeast and Reef Points. Bramblings are typically quite vocal, so listen for their distinctive nasal flight calls as they pass overhead.