Monday, 14 February 2011


Finally catch up with three Hawfinch on Barnham Cross Common.  Spend ages waiting for them to show despite lots of activity from nearby Greenfinches, Brambling and Chaffinches, not to mention local dog-walkers.  Then I finally heard them and three birds flew out of the Hawthorns and flew higher and higher into the sky, heading west all the time until I could no longer resolve them through my bins.  One might assume that that was it and they'd gone for good.  However the next day, two were reported again from here.  I recall in past years that Hawfinches have displayed this kind of behaviour before: clearly they must roam huge tracts of the Brecks seeking out favoured food hotspots.

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