Tuesday, 18 January 2011
I couldn't look for the Hawfinch yesterday due to work but a day off today saw me and fellow birders along the footpath towards High Ford. Many birders came and went to see a now county rarity. Twenty years ago not many people would be interested in coming here as we had a resident flock in Alnwick and the Tyne valley. The Hawfinch was magnificent popping up on the tree tops now and then before disappearing to feed on the Beech mast. A little too far for my camera but if you click on the images you should be able to see what it looks like! An excellent bird for the OFFH list.
Hawfinch is probably my first self found scarcity as a young birdwatcher. At Cottingwood in the grounds of King Edward V1 school in October 1974 I saw one feeding on the ground in the Lower school area. I have not seen one in Morpeth since until today.