As we approched the village we both spotted several Brambling in the hedgerow and grass verge picking over the leaf litter and as we watched a dashing Wood Pigeon spooked them,the birds took flight only to quickly settle again,there must have been at least 100 birds and the few Chaffinches we spotted were well outnumbered.
I'd packed my 'scope and had hoped to have done a bit of digi-scoping but the awful weather soon put paid to that idea,I'd also taken my new Xmas pressie one of those new fangled 18x zoom "bridge" cameras (Fuji Finepix S8000fd) and could only manage a few snaps from the car.
It was not difficult to see why there are so many Brambling in the area as all the roadsides approaching the village and hedgerows between the surrounding fields are interspersed with mature beech trees on a scale far larger than any I've come across in Glamorgan.
We drove to the other side of the village and had a few sandwiches (got to use up that turkey!!) and a cup of coffee hoping for the weather to improve which it didn't !!...
We met up with another birder who had parked a little further on than ourselves who told us that he had seen another flock of 200+ birds but they had moved on by the time that we had met him.
The rain wasn't letting up so we decided to call it a day and with Teresa getting a little bit impatient and needing the "loo" (why do women go so much more than men?) we beat a hastie retreat to the shops.