first spotted by Dan Bertsch below his feeders in Medina County, OH on 19 Dec 2015, this Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) has been THE bird to see in Ohio. I was late to the game, but this morning I decided to drive the 2.5 hrs to Allardale Park on Remsen Rd. in Medina, OH to look for the Brambling, which was reported again yesterday making its routine stop at the last house on the left just before entering the park. This bird represents a 2nd State Record for Ohio.
I've always said that the quality of the bird is inversely proportional to the quality of the photos that record it, and I took some truly bad photos today. Therefore, it must be a great bird...
describe the bird: a medium-sized finch with mottled-brown-gray-black hood, thick yellow bill with a black tip, orange chest and shoulder patches, white belly with dark spotted flanks, brown back with black and white wing bars. From the back you can see dark stripes on either side of the gray-brown neck.
Lord I was born a Bramblin' Man,
Tryin' to get an image and doin' the best I can,
And when it''s time for leavin', I
I hope you'll understand,
That I digiscoped it, man