I've put up some Teasels near my home, and have been topping them up with niger seeds for the last few days, the aim being to attract some Goldfinches close enough for photography. I went down to check on them at lunchtime today. A couple of Goldfinches were flying nearby, put none landed on any of the seedheads. I walked away for a while, before turning back towards the Teasels, where I saw a small bird perched atop one of the plants. I was amazed to see it was a female Brambling, quite a rare winter visitor round here. It proved quite tame, allowing me to approach within ten metres for a few shots with my long lens:
Certainly a nice surprise to come upon this bird which I hadn't photographed before.