Bempton Cliffs.

Bempton Cliffs.

Friday, 1 February 2013

** Barming Hawfinches.**

After doing my mum's shopping today I ask Pam if she would mind going to Barming on the way in the hope of possibly seeing the Hawfinches that I have been reading about on Adam's blog http://dittoneastmallingbarming.blogspot.co.uk/. Pam and I arrived at St Margarets Church at about 3pm.
When I arrived there was one other guy there, I went over to where he was standing where we had a nice chat, by the way, nice meeting you Graham. He said that he had been there for quite a while. While we was chatting I saw this bird fly in and it landed near to the top of a tree, it was partially obscured but I  was pretty sure that it was the male Hawfinch, this was at about 3:13pm. I told Graham and he moved along a bit to where it was showing, to confirm it. The Hawfinch stayed in this area for quite a while, and then the second one arrived. Both Graham and myself tried to get a few record shots of one or  both of them, but it was not at all easy, I am afraid that the ones I attempted didn't really amount to much., but at least I saw them, nice not to dip out.
 I left Graham at about 3:40pm and went back to the car. When I got in Pam said to me that she was hoping that I was going to turn around and wave when I wasn't too far away from the car. The reason being, we was parked up near the fence just left of the gate and through the windscreen a Treecreeper landed right in front of her on the closest tree, and shortly afterwards a Green Woodpecker flew in and landed on one of the headstones resting there for quite a while, lucky Pam.
I did get a bonus, as we was about to leave a Goldcrest flew in. I didn't get great views of it but I did see it on and off as it moved through the tree.
Below is the best shot I took, seeing as I do not have a photo of one. I wasn't going to post it but what the heck, seeing as I tried I thought I might as well.

5 comments:

  1. Nice one Ken, and really glad you saw the birds - I've not seen one for a couple of days now so glad you connected with them (the weather was a lot better this afternoon than this morning!). And Pam got the Treecreeper...grrrrrrr! Rarer than Hawfinches for me, and its still eluding me!

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  2. Adam.
    Glad to see they are still hanging about. I wish Pam hadn't told me about the Treecreeper either,she gripped me off :-) maybe you will see it over the weekend. Have a good one.

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  3. Ken

    Nice to meet you also - glad you saw them on your first visit. I said I thought the Treecreeper had flown in that direction

    Graham

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  4. You did better than I did on my visit Ken!

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  5. Well done Ken. So glad you were successful. It seems Pam did some great birding too...without even leaving the car :-)

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