The hawfinch is our largest finch, but despite its size it’s also the hardest to find. It’s a red-listed species in the UK, with a population that may number fewer than a thousand breeding pairs, mostly restricted to a few remaining strongholds. To make things trickier, even in hawfinch hotspots they are extremely elusive, spending a lot of their time hidden high in the forest canopy.
The UK’s largest finch is a bird of impressive proportions, 18cm tall with an enormous conical bill, a thick neck and a head to match.
As far as I’m aware, this small flock is resident most of the year round in the deciduous woodland of Forest Ganol, but may be supplemented by migrating birds over wintering.