Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Magnifying the passion for nature. Zeiss Victory Harpia 95. New!

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Has anyone seen a Hawfinch lately

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 15:38   #1
Peewit
Once a bird lover ... always a bird lover
 
Peewit's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bedford
Posts: 12,326
Has anyone seen a Hawfinch lately

Hi There

http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guid.../sightings.asp

I was having a look at RSPB link at Sandy and I see that they have sighted a Hawfinch in the last week or so.

Has anyone here been lucky to have seen a Hawfinch in a reserve, in their garden etc.. at all?

What is the best places to see a Hawfinch?
__________________
Regards Kathy x
Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. P.J.M
Peewit is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 15:43   #2
Amarillo
Registered User

 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: South Oxfordshire
Posts: 1,204
People will claim to have seen them, but in my opinion they are mythical creatures just like lesser spotted woodpeckers and leprechauns
Amarillo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 15:47   #3
robinm
Registered User
 
robinm's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Kent, England
Posts: 19,003
They can usually be seen at Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent in the winter months, although the numbers have dropped off in recent years.
robinm is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 15:50   #4
Patrick_L
Counting Down
 
Patrick_L's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Shrewsbury
Posts: 417
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peewit View Post
What is the best places to see a Hawfinch?
The paddock area at Lynford Arboretum in Norfolk is pretty reliable during the winter, with a good range of other woodland species (I have seen Lesser Spotted Woodpecker there as well, but never a leprechaun).

I saw one (a Hawfinch) near Welshpool a couple of weeks ago.
__________________
Patrick
Patrick_L is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 16:03   #5
Stranger
Registered User

 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: somerset
Posts: 1,209
Speech House, Forest of Dean is usually a reliable site.
Stranger is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 18:36   #6
Merlin
Registered User

 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Bristol and Staffordshire
Posts: 1,351
Hi Kathy,
I see them everyday and whereas they have not used the feeders yet, hopefully it won't be too long. Also went to a town park today and surprise, surprise Hawfinch everywhere! Seriously, in the UK they are thin on the ground but here in this part of France they seem to be widespread and I'm not complaining.
regards
Merlin
Merlin is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 18:57   #7
DaveN
Derwent Valley Birder
 
DaveN's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Probably Wyver Lane
Posts: 7,951
Cromford Meadows in Derbyshire is another known Winter site for these birds. Up to a dozen last Winter but I've not heard of any returning yet this year.
__________________
Follow me on Twitter

Wyver Lane list 154-latest Great White Egret. Derbyshire list 242-latest Honey Buzzard. Carsington Water list 197-latest Wood Sandpiper.
DaveN is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 19:04   #8
postcardcv
Super Moderator
BF Supporter 2018
 
postcardcv's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 17,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick_L View Post
The paddock area at Lynford Arboretum in Norfolk is pretty reliable during the winter, with a good range of other woodland species (I have seen Lesser Spotted Woodpecker there as well, but never a leprechaun).
I'd agree it's a great spot for them, probably best in Jan/Feb big flocks are recorded there (30+) - I've also seen lesser pecker there!
postcardcv is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 19:47   #9
Jos Stratford
Beast from the East
 
Jos Stratford's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Exile in Eastern Europe
Posts: 15,740
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peewit View Post
Has anyone here been lucky to have seen a Hawfinch in their garden at all?

What is the best places to see a Hawfinch?

Not very convenient for Bedfordshire, but my bird table is not a bad place sometimes
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Hawfinch, labanoras 2.jpg
Views:	135
Size:	90.9 KB
ID:	168966  
__________________
For photographs and articles, Lithuania and beyond, click here for my website
Jos Stratford is online now  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 19:50   #10
postcardcv
Super Moderator
BF Supporter 2018
 
postcardcv's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 17,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jos Stratford View Post
Not very convenient for Bedfordshire, but my bird table is not a bad place sometimes
from what I hear your garden is well worth a visit...
postcardcv is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 20:00   #11
Sancho
Registered User
BF Supporter 2018
 
Sancho's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ireland
Posts: 8,791
That´s nothing. The Leprechaun in my garden has seen quite a few Hawfinches.
Sancho is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 20:01   #12
luke
A Welsh birder in Dorset!
 
luke's Avatar

 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Weymouth
Posts: 3,801
I found them very easy to see in the Forest of dean last winter. Speech house or Brierly opposite the garage are the best spots, but my best veiws were from Nagshead in the elevated hide over looking the pool. I've also seen them from New fancy veiw but think that was unusual though.
__________________
Cheers

Luke
Check out my blog at www.welshbirderindorset.blogspot.com
luke is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2008 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 20:02   #13
Jos Stratford
Beast from the East
 
Jos Stratford's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Exile in Eastern Europe
Posts: 15,740
The seed feeder is reasonable popular too


No Leprechauns, Hawfinches chased them away
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Hawfinch thumb 3.jpg
Views:	133
Size:	46.9 KB
ID:	168967  
__________________
For photographs and articles, Lithuania and beyond, click here for my website
Jos Stratford is online now  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 20:23   #14
Peewit
Once a bird lover ... always a bird lover
 
Peewit's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bedford
Posts: 12,326
Smile

Thank you for your replies everyone. Interesting to know about where HF's reside.

Jos are you trying to make me a teeny weeny bit jealous .
Oh you are lucky to have them in your garden, and on your feeders too!

Merlin you are lucky to see them in your garden too!!

LOL Sancho

Hi Postcardcv

Norfolk is not too far away so worth a look into.

They are seen in lots of places so they are not as illusive as I thought. It is knowing where to find them
__________________
Regards Kathy x
Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. P.J.M

Last edited by Peewit : Tuesday 18th November 2008 at 20:48.
Peewit is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 20:45   #15
Sancho
Registered User
BF Supporter 2018
 
Sancho's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ireland
Posts: 8,791
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jos Stratford View Post
No Leprechauns, Hawfinches chased them away
Them Lithuanian Leprechauns are Wimps.
Sancho is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 21:01   #16
Jos Stratford
Beast from the East
 
Jos Stratford's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Exile in Eastern Europe
Posts: 15,740
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sancho View Post
Them Lithuanian Leprechauns are Wimps.
It is their Irish upbringing :) They can't even hack our winter, all migrating back to sit upon the Blarney Stone for the season. At least our Hawfinches are made of better stuff.
__________________
For photographs and articles, Lithuania and beyond, click here for my website
Jos Stratford is online now  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 21:22   #17
Sancho
Registered User
BF Supporter 2018
 
Sancho's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ireland
Posts: 8,791
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jos Stratford View Post
It is their Irish upbringing :) They can't even hack our winter, all migrating back to sit upon the Blarney Stone for the season. At least our Hawfinches are made of better stuff.
LOL! Seriously, a work colleague of mine saw a Hawfinch in Co. Waterford earlier this year. (She´s 100% reliable). I haven´t heard of any recently, they turn up in ones and two in Co. Down occasionally. They used to be annual visitors to Hornbeam stands in Co. Limerick and (curiously) the zoo in Dublin, but that was long ago. I think I´ll emigrate to Lithuania ´cos you´re rulers are only marginally more inept than ours, and you´ve better birds. Any jobs for teachers over there?
Sancho is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 18th November 2008, 21:25   #18
Quercus
homo sarkensis

 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: A wee Channel Island
Posts: 3,954
... an Irishman going to Lithuania to find work?...... times they are a strange!
Quercus is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 19th November 2008, 12:05   #19
Peewit
Once a bird lover ... always a bird lover
 
Peewit's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bedford
Posts: 12,326
Smile

Hi Postcardcv

It has just dawned on me that your aviator is a Hawfinch, and he is very handsome too So I think this is one that you favour strongly as birds go. Have you seen one more than once?

Sancho: Big question have 'you' seen any Hawfinches in Ireland over the winter period at all?

Jos: Hawfinches look big and butch so they look resilient enough birds to cope with the cold - must be the bill LOL
Do you have them all year round them in your neck of the woods?
__________________
Regards Kathy x
Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. P.J.M
Peewit is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Wednesday 19th November 2008, 13:19   #20
Gill Osborne
Registered User
 
Gill Osborne's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Alnwick
Posts: 6,480
I've only seen Hawfinches twice and both times were in May 1986 at Jesmond Dene. Sadly they are no longer there.

BUT luckily I live just five minutes' walk from a very good spot to find this mythical species.....Hulne Park in Alnwick. They are often seen in the tops of the beech trees right next to the entrance gate!!!

But.....I've still yet to see the darned things!!!

I'll keep persevering
Gill Osborne is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Wednesday 19th November 2008, 14:04   #21
postcardcv
Super Moderator
BF Supporter 2018
 
postcardcv's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 17,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peewit View Post
It has just dawned on me that your aviator is a Hawfinch, and he is very handsome too So I think this is one that you favour strongly as birds go. Have you seen one more than once?
I've seen a fair few hawfinches, I normally get over to Lynford a few times in Jan/Feb for them. The shot in the avatar was taken in a pub garden in the broads earlier this year, a single bird spent a couple of weeks there and showed very well. No a particular favourite bird, just a photo that I was pleased with at the time.
postcardcv is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Wednesday 19th November 2008, 14:15   #22
Sancho
Registered User
BF Supporter 2018
 
Sancho's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ireland
Posts: 8,791
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peewit View Post
Sancho: Big question have 'you' seen any Hawfinches in Ireland over the winter period at all?
No, Hawfinch is another species on my Extremely Long List...."Birds I Haven´t Ever Seen".
Sancho is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Wednesday 19th November 2008, 23:38   #23
Peewit
Once a bird lover ... always a bird lover
 
Peewit's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bedford
Posts: 12,326
Smile

Quote:
Originally Posted by postcardcv View Post
I've seen a fair few hawfinches, I normally get over to Lynford a few times in Jan/Feb for them. The shot in the avatar was taken in a pub garden in the broads earlier this year, a single bird spent a couple of weeks there and showed very well. No a particular favourite bird, just a photo that I was pleased with at the time.
Hi Postcardcv

I have to say your picture is super. You could not get a better close up of the bird.

Been to Titchwell, Norfolk, but not visited Lynford yet. Must make a point in doing so as we live reasonably close to this area. Is it really close to the Norfolk Coastal Path?

Might be worth a B & B for myself and my OH for a weekend anyday! Jan/Feb is approaching fast.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sancho View Post
No, Hawfinch is another species on my Extremely Long List...."Birds I Haven´t Ever Seen".
Hi Sancho

Well since it may not reside in your neck of the woods, you will have to come across for a 'wee' visit to the UK, and I am sure we will show you the delights of finding one.

A Hawkfinch will be a special laid on trip for yourself - less the Sanchmobile off course !!
__________________
Regards Kathy x
Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. P.J.M
Peewit is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Friday 21st November 2008, 15:16   #24
steve west
Registered User

 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Lleida, Spain
Posts: 766
If you're keen on Hawfinches right now would be the time to pay a short visit to northeast Spain: there seems to be a good influx of wintering birds since early November/late October. For example I saw at least 5 birds in 3 different places last week to the north of Lleida. In between a couple of Wallcreepers!

Steve
http://www.BirdingInSpain.com
steve west is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 23rd November 2008, 15:59   #25
jimbob
Registered User

 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Surlingham
Posts: 1,195
Quote:
Originally Posted by postcardcv View Post
I'd agree it's a great spot for them, probably best in Jan/Feb big flocks are recorded there (30+) - I've also seen lesser pecker there!
3 Hawfinches reported from Lynford last week, numbers will hopefully build up.
I have seen Hawfinch there, not every visit but persistance pays off.
Where are you lot seeing Lesser Pecker at lynford?! Not seen one for years.
Cheers,
Jim.
__________________
'Look at all the people like cows in a herd, well I like....birds'. (The Eels, from Daisies of the galaxy)
http://jimsbirdingblog.blogspot.com/
@SurlinghamBirds
jimbob is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My first hawfinch peter hill Your Birding Day 5 Tuesday 5th February 2008 17:02
Hawfinch DottieBean Your Rarities 4 Thursday 5th October 2006 01:38
Hawfinch jackied Your Birding Day 4 Sunday 4th December 2005 17:12
Hawfinch the bird Birds & Birding 9 Friday 27th May 2005 21:33

{googleads}
Opticron - NEW DBA VHD+ 8x42, 10x42. Prices from £579

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.22165704 seconds with 36 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 08:04.