On 25 November Lona Pierce reported finding an ABA Code-3 Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) on the Crown Z trail outside of Scappoose, Oregon, foraging in blackberries with a mixed species flock of sparrows.
Bramblings breed in the Palearctic regions of northern Eurasia and winter primarily in the Mediterranean region and in southern Asia. While breeding, this species is found in birch woods, mixed deciduous woodlands, and at edges of conifer forests. In the northern parts of its range, it is found in dwarf birch and willow scrub (Finches & Sparrows, An Identification Guide, Clement, et al.). They are known for eating beech mast and in years when this crop is abundant, as many as 80 million birds have been estimated to congregate.
In the ABA Area outside of Alaska, Brambling has been recorded from British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming (ABA Checklist, Fourth Edition, DeBenedictis et al.).