Saturday, 8 December 2012

Bramfield and Therfield Heath

Today at 9:30 me and Chris headed off to Bramfield to see some Hawfinches. When we arrived the last they had been seen was about an hour before. We stayed at the front of the church yard for a while until someone inside the churchyard called us over because they had found one. As soon as I got there the bird flew off and I only saw it in flight. We then headed round the back of the church yard where we waited. After about 5 minutes of waiting I saw something large move in a tree it hopped from one tree to another slowly making its way towards me I then saw the huge bill and the orange plumage of a HAWFINCH (life tick). I showed Chris and by this time a few people were on it. Due to so many people being underneath it, it decided to fly over to another tree from this tree I could see it very well but due to the fog the colours were dulled down. It stayed in the tree for little longer then two seconds and then flew off. After that me and Chris located another few before we left (at one point we saw three together in flight). Before leaving we went around the field behind the church were we located another single Hawfinch, two Lesser Redpoll, A few Nuthatches and a few Fieldfares. After that we headed back to the car. When we got to the car we were not sure were to go next because nothing else of much interest had been seen near to Bramfield we then remembered about the Great Grey Shrike which was overwintering in Therfield Heath so we set the Satnav for there and headed off. Half an hours car trip later we arrived. We walked to the heath, on the we saw a few Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, Red-legged Partridges and a few flocks of Corn Bunting. When we arrived at Therfield Heath Chris checked for were the Great Grey Shrike had last been seen and we found out it was only around the corner when we located the correct place we scanned for a while but we were fruitless in our efforts. We then headed back to the car and went home.

A picture just for the sake of having one on this post.
And its a Dunnok

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