Saturday, 11 January 2020

Lynford Arboretum, Thetford

The main target this morning was the Hawfinch at Lynford. Arriving at first light we made our way towards the "Paddock", on the way stopping at the bridge and connecting with Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Greenfinch, Nuthatch, and Siskin. All of which were new additions to the year list. Scanning the paddock several Redwing were seen as well as Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush. Another scan of the area and the first Hawfinch is seen. During the visit, we had five separate sightings of Hawfinch of at least two individual birds.

Lynford Arboretum "The Paddock"

A walk around the outer boundary fence of the paddock added more Marsh and Coal Tits plus Nuthatch and Treecreeper. I added a female Bullfinch to my year list but it disappeared just as quickly as it appeared. On the way back to the car we stopped again at the feeding station and added a surprise year tick with a Yellowhammer.

Marsh Tit

The remainder of the day proved less productive, but we did manage to get some nice scope views of a Goshawk when we stopped to scan the displaying Buzzards

Scanning for Goshawk

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