Sunday, 23 January 2011

Hawfinch in Kent ..... !!!!!


Once again. had a day birding in Kent on the 22nd , i started of at Tescos and was very pleased to see the Tesco Waxwings 24 birds were present , although the poor light didn't help with photography i had great views of these wonderful birds , my next stop was for the Northern Long-Tailed Tits at Dymchurch , on arrival i bumped into a couple of birders who had seen them by the Murco garage , i headed there but they had moved off out of sight , then after about 15 mins i got onto some Long Tailed Tits high up in the canopy and i was all soon enjoying these quite stunning Northern Long tailed tits .

I saw 2 birds but they were very flighty and sadly no photos were managed this time , I called into Dungeness briefly and saw a superb drake Smew and a redhead Goosander on the Arc pits and I had 2 Chiffchaffs along the willow trail ( or should that be renamed as the Chiffchaff trail ? ......... lol ) , 2 Ravens , 3 Tree Sparrows and 3 Ruddy Ducks were all added to my year list plus i had up to 5 redhead Smew and several Goldeneye from the visitors center .

 Time was against me here as i wanted to try for the Hawfinch at Denge wood that i had seen previously , i arrived at Denge Wood at 1.30pm a bit early but i had several Siskin and a Treecreeper to keep me entertained and i heard a distant Tawny Owl the weather was closing in and the light was poor with a steady drizzle of rain but are persistence paid of when Marc H who was also present at this site picked out a Hawfinch high up on top of a pine tree , i had superb scope views then i picked out two more Hawfinches on a second tree .
Two Hawfinches.

I had really great views of these birds and i had a further 4 birds fly over head and a seventh bird was also seen abit later on ,  this is truly a remarkable site for these birds and with light fading very quickly i left for home very happy !!!!!