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Old Friday 27th May 2005, 10:01   #1
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Hawfinch

For some reason - 22 years of birding and I still haven't had even a sniff of Hawfinch.

This year this is my target bird.... I know they like to stay high up in the trees in old and well established decidious woodland, however, I ain't a clue on where these woodlands are. I've tried the usual woodlands but I just don't get the feeling they would be there. And I know they can be a bit of a **** to find.

Has anybody got an idea of where the best is to look.

I live in North Yorks and travel down to the midlands (Wolverhampton) on a regular basis so any where in these areas would be good.

I would be eternally grateful... also I haven't had a lifer for 3 (THREE) years... so please help (nb - I would lower my very high standards and twitch for this one bird)


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Try forest of dean.

Also useful for Goshawk etc at the RSPB new fancey view point.

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We usually see hawfinch 2 visits out of every 6 at Woodwell near RSPB Leighton Moss. About 5 mins. drive from the reserve - the staff will give you directions I'm sure. Take the track opp. a small garden centre and park at the end. We've seen them this year in the vicinity of a house called Fir Trees.

....... or go to Lesvos - but that's another story

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Old Friday 27th May 2005, 10:20   #4
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silverdale lancs is a reliable site and the only place in britain i have ever seen them
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Old Friday 27th May 2005, 10:26   #5
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If you're ever in East Anglia, three excellent sites are:
  • Lynford Arboretum, near Mundford
  • Sotterley Park, near Beccles
  • Barnhamcross Common, near Thetford
plus several others. I've also seen them in the Forest of Dean (Gloucs), and know they're regularly seen in the Wyre Forest near Bewdley. February / March is a good time, before the trees are in leaf.

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Old Friday 27th May 2005, 10:51   #6
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half way is Rose End Meadows at Cromford

and Cromford Wharf

both reasonably reliable places - maybe check that birds are present before you go though

I have seen them there many times over the years

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Cromford birds showed well this spring.

You'll have to be incredibly lucky to see one at this time of year, John.

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Old Friday 27th May 2005, 12:21   #8
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Cromford birds showed well this spring.

You'll have to be incredibly lucky to see one at this time of year, John.

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I can wait my friend - 22 years thats patience!!!! Another few months won't harm.... its my little baby this year!!!! ( I hope)
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Scone Palace by Perth in Scotland is pretty reliable if you fancy heading north.
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Hulne Park in Alnwick is pretty reliable if you ever venture up to Northumberland.
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