Hawfinch at Felbrigg – no camera with me yesterday so another rather grainy shot from Tuesday!
It was the NENBC mid-week walk in Felbrigg yesterday. Two dozen members turned out – many with the hope of seeing Hawfinch. After brief initial views of a single bird flying over the approach road to the hall, we drew a blank at both the Orangery and the car park. We headed for the church, in case they’d moved there – seeing the Little Owl in the usual dead tree and a lone Egyptian Goose in the grazing paddock. It was ‘business as usual’ at the lake – no Mandarin, which are always a crowd-pleaser, but the Little Egret was still present, roosting on the island. We wandered back towards the Orangery, where one of our members spotted a couple of birds sat up in the trees opposite – Hawfinch! We eventually saw five birds in the same area before they managed to slip away from view. On my way home I relocated the group in the trees towards the ‘hollow oak’. Another successful NENBC event and another species added to our increasingly impressive cumulative list, which includes Glossy Ibis, Wood Sandpiper, Peregrine and Spotted Flycatcher!