Hawfinch frenzy

After the day the sky went orange the south of England started to see the largest influx of European hawfinches in living memory

Berkshire has had its share with Paul Bright-Thomas first photographing early morning birds flying over his Wokingham garden in late October. By November they were being seen at multiple site. None more fantastic than Basildon Park (Nation trust entry £12.70). I was barely believed when I postulated 30+ but on later visits I upped the anti to 50+. Ian Lewington (Oxon county recorder) saved my reputation when he recorded 100+

Download the Basildon Park leaflet and follow the blue route to the “Secluded valley” where the birds use the mature Yew (in the middle of the valley) and the Hornbeam on the eastern ridge

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