Sunday, 25 January 2009

Local birding: Hawfinch, Stocks Res, Lancs - 25th Jan 2009.

Hawfinch in East Lancashire is a must-see bird when the rare opportunity arises, so two birds found by Mike Watson at Stocks fishery simply had to be twitched. Distant but extremely pleasing views were had of at least one of the Hawfinch during visits morning & afternoon, the latter time providing the best views in better light as it perched atop conifers by Hollins House. Great bird!

Other highlights from Bowland today included 3 Raven over Slaidburn, single Little, Tawny & Short-eared Owls, Peregrine, 3 Buzzards and a male Stonechat.

The non-ornithological highlight was this hibernating Myotis Bat, almost certainly Daubentens. Photo by Steven Flynn.