Record Hawfinch arrival

10 Nov 2017 Hawfinch by Chris Knights

Hawfinch is a scarce breeder in Britain, with an estimated 500 to 1,000 pairs. Although small numbers of migrant Hawfinches are noted every autumn, from early October onwards, single birds and even flocks began to be observed well away from traditional breeding sites and coastal watchpoints. The origin of this influx is difficult to pinpoint, but observers in several other European countries have noted higher than average counts of Hawfinches.

Records logged in BirdTrack included peak counts of over 100 birds, with the reporting rate exceeding 3% of complete lists by the end of October, more than 12 times higher than the historical average.

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