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Hawfinch in St Hilda’s churchyard, Ampleforth- 17th January

 

Hawfinch- pencil in sketchbook
Hawfinch- pencil in sketchbook

With the temperature down below minus 10c overnight, I was driving past St Hilda’s church, Ampleforth and noticed the unmistakable heavy outline of a Hawfinch in the top of some beech trees. I pulled over and had good views of this massive billed finch as it surveyed the churchyard probably attracted by the yew trees on which they are known to feed. I hope to have more sightings over the next few days. Hawfinches are very elusive though so watch this space…

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