Where to see them
They are an irruptive species and may be numerous and widespread in some years, less so in others. Established breeding areas include the Scottish Highlands, the North Norfolk coast, Breckland, the New Forest and the Forest of Dean. It regularly comes down to pools to drink.
When to see them
All year round. In irruption years, birds will arrive from the Continent from late summer, often staying to breed.
What they eat
Seeds from conifers.
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