Saturday, 10 February 2018

Halesowen Hawfinch's breaks midland record

I woke on Saturday and was surprised the forecasted heavy rain hadn't arrived so I decided to head over to Halesowen Cricket Club to look for the midland record breaking flock of 65 Hawfinches. 

After parking up I headed down the path before carrying on through the underpass to Seth Somers Park. On the path I met the local patch watcher (Todd) who found the first two birds last Sunday. There were around half a dozen friendly birders present throughout the morning enjoying the birds. 

Its hard to believe that these giant finches are normally birds that you have to work really hard to get on your year list, this winters explosion has been brilliant on whats been a very poor winter for birds. I managed a count of 40 birds and picked up another two in a different spot.

The birds were in all fairness fairly distant except a few individuals but I'd never seen flocks of Hawfinches in flight before. The only downside of the morning was the very poor light making any photos very difficult.

Well done to Halesowen Cricket Club who offered free parking and welcomed all visitors into their clubhouse for hot drinks & some very tasty,big breakfasts.

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