Sunday, 15 October 2017

More Hawfinch


With Hawfinches turning up all over the shop (there must be several thousand across the southern half of England) a three-hour back garden vigil was in order this morning. A steady trickle of Redwing, Song Thrush, Chaffinch and Starling was obvious - together with a lone Brambling - but nothing exhibiting a brutish bill and wing bars deigned to put in an appearance. A change of scene was called for.

A return to Juniper Bottom was made, mainly due to its Hawfinch pedigree and also because I could skywatch across the Mickleham valley all the way down to the Mole Gap (as viewed above). After only 15 minutes a flock of six flew across me and then veered NW. A further hour's worth of eye and ear strain could only add 100+ Redwing.


The past couple of night's may have been mild, but the MV haul has been poor. Last night did at least produce a couple of Silver Y (above). The season seems to be running out of steam.

5 comments:

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Heck I have no idea how birders pick these birds out in the air!

Derek Faulkner said...

Re. Hawfinches, wish you would change that "some parts of the southern half of England".

Derek Faulkner said...

I am reliably informed that Birdguides yesterday reported small numbers of Hawfinches from nine different counties.

Steve Gale said...

Mainly by call Simon

Steve Gale said...

Kent doesn't seem to have had many Derek