Hawfinches in Kingsley

hawfinch-webScreen Shot 2018-01-18 at 19.54.15Today we went to St Werburgh’s Church in Kingsley as there have been quite a few hawfinches there over the past few weeks.  They are really scarce and much bulkier than other finches.  We were extremely lucky to see them, and I managed to get some really good films of them.  There were also a lot of greenfinches around, about 20, and when one was sitting next to a hawfinch, it looked really small.  The hawfinches were a new species for all of us and my first new species of the year.  There were other people around looking for them, which was really useful because they knew where to look.  We had an amazing view of one low down in the hedge, and its plumage stood out more.  I managed to get a good film of it.  We thought that there must have been about 4 or 5 hawfinches.  We could tell them in flight because of the distinctive white bars on their wings.  We went and had lunch and then we came back.  We didn’t see any more hawfinches but we did see a cormorant, a flock of long-tailed tits, one of which had no tail (a no-tailed tit) and also a few redwings.