Thursday, 22 March 2018

Being weaned off


Maybe the Hawfinch bubble is starting to leak air, if not actually burst yet. This morning saw a check of sites west of the Mole Gap, and although I had many encounters with the 'big-bills', they were fewer in number, with the actual bird counts down as well. It is about time that the flocks should start to disperse, although the historical record does show that large flocks can be recorded well into April. My totals were: Dorking Wood (22), Chapelhill Wood (20), Bagden Wood (2), Freehold Wood (1), Polesden Lacey (1), Ranmore Common (6). I did pop onto the top of Box Hill for a crafty look but this could only muster two Hawfinches - again, down on recent days. This is nature's kind way of weaning me off of them...

5 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

Must be time for one of your prolonged visits to Dungie about now, isn't it.

Steve Gale said...

Once all the Bluethroat bothers have buggered off...

Ric said...

My own patch Hawfinches have also thinned out, Steve. I only heard a few yesterday, but today I was rewarded with a single bird closer to home than any others I've seen this year.

Steve Gale said...

The long goodbye seems to have started Ric...

Derek Faulkner said...

Ah yes, forgot about those pratts.