The Hawfinch is an enigmatic bird which, although our largest finch, can
elude birdwatchers for years.
The Mawddach valley has a healthy population but it is only been
recently realised how widespread they are here.
The key is to understand their behaviour, but most importantly, to learn listen
for them. Their call and song however is high pitched and not very loud and
they can be easily overlooked.
Curiously for such a retiring creature they will turn up at bird-tables. The
following pictures I took near an RSPB woodland at one lucky members lawn.