|Adult dark-bellied Brent Goose just south of Cheshunt this morning.|
Brent Geese are recorded from a dozen or so sites in London each year, but birds away from the Thames and the major reservoirs are very rare, with perhaps just two or three a year. I first saw this bird around 09:40 and it was still present when I left at 10:00, but I doubt it will linger for very long on farmland so close to traffic thundering along the A10.
After that unexpected success, it was a quick run to Bramfield. Up to five Hawfinches were seen this morning, but only one came within range of the camera - and then only fleetingly for the record shot below. Always a great species to see, it was one of six finch species in the churchyard, although the Raven which flew over, 'cronking' loudly as it went, was surely a rarer bird locally. Also noted were Lesser Redpoll, Eurasian Siskin, Eurasian Nuthatch, Yellowhammer and a distant flock of at least 1,000 European Golden Plover in flight with a much smaller number of Northern Lapwing. A circling Red Kite nearby completed an excellent visit.
|A Hawfinch perches momentarily before disappearing.|