It’s been a record year, certainly a record autumn, for Hawfinchs with birds recorded just about everywhere in the region. Sites which had previously seemed out of the question for the species now have birds on a regular basis. Initially I, like many others I presume, had taken this influx to be an autumn movement but it now looks like these birds have installed themselves in new areas so it will be interesting to see how this pans out in 2018 and whether the number of breeding birds has increased dramatically. While most encounters with the species involve birds flying over and calling I have come across a few individuals here and there which have allowed decent views though invariably I haven’t had the camera to hand !

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes). The lower two photos taken on my local patch at La Jallais, definitely not classic Hawfinch habitat !