Saturday, 12 February 2011

FIRECRESTS and HAWFINCHES in Bramfield Churchyard

Andrew Miller obtained this shot of one of the Bramfield Churchyard HAWFINCHES as it perched near the top of one of the tall trees


Another very mild morning and dry too but rather cloudy. The cloud cleared from the west by early afternoon but then the wind picked up, giving much fresher conditions.

Decided to revisit Bramfield today, in the hope of seeing more HAWFINCHES, but despite Laurence seeing four this morning, a long vigil produced just one; Graham White also had 5 birds at Danemead, Broxbourne Woods, most likely part of this same flock.......


In over four hours to 1500, just one female HAWFINCH pitched up in the tall trees adjoining the churchyard walk during that period. It did perch long enough however to allow 20 or so observers to enjoy good views through my 'scope. There was a large turn-out of birdwatchers today at the site - over 43 attending in the period that I was there - certainly popular birds the Hawfinches.

The two FIRECRESTS were again present, moving from the churchyard (where the male was often in full song) to the Laurels and Junipers in the grounds opposite of 'The Old Rectory'.

Also in the vicinity were 45 Redwings, 4 Greenfinches, 2 Nuthatches, Common Treecreeper, Coal Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tits and Common Buzzard

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