Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) Between Morpeth and Mitford
When the Hawfinch was along the Mitford road earlier in the year it was feeding on its preferred seeds of Hornbeam but other birders and myself included presumed the avenue of trees were an overgrown Beech hedge. Stewart thought there may be a few Hornbeams among the Beeches or more likely they were all Hornbeams. I would wait until the flowers and first leaves appear and see how many there are. Stewart was right they are all Hornbeams...414 at least. Because they are close together they must have been planted as a hedge and are now reaching maturity. There are several individal ones nearby. They are majestic trees and I will never overlook an overgrown hedgerow again.