It started so discretely last October, with modest but higher numbers than usual being recorded flying over the Home Counties, moving as if on visible migration. After a few days of this many birders decided to take a look for themselves and, who'd have thought it, loads more were found, including some sizeable flocks. After a while the flyovers became site faithful flocks and every man and his
Even though we know that everyone has seen and read enough about 'those big-billed finches' we still tweet and post, suffering from a collective strain of coccothraustes Tourette's. It begs the question if the reason that we repeat this stuff ad nauseam is to remind others that we are a continuing part of this historic event, for that is exactly what this is - I doubt that there have ever been so many Hawfinches in the country at the same time. Of course, in the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter that we are posting and tweeting and snapping away beyond the bounds of necessity. It is, after all, a celebration. But there is something about all this, (in mid-January and after three months) that is so old hat. Repetitive. Unoriginal. And this post is just another example of that...
So, until I get a decent picture of one, or find some in a different location, or just have nothing else to post about, I will not be mentioning that species name again.