Hawfinch

This stunning old world relative of our Evening Grosbeak has occurred on Saint Paul on only six occasions. The islands and North America’s first occurred on Nov 1, 1911. All other records are from spring or early summer, spanning a date range of May 26 _ June 20. Usually seen singly the season of 2003 proved exceptional with a flock of up to seven individuals frequenting feeders in town. After the flock of 2003 dispersed, a lone bird was briefly seen carrying food near Kittiwake Lake. Despite extensive searching in the lava fields behind and west of the lake, the bird was not seen again. Slightly smaller than an Evening Grosbeak, and dressed in a more somber attire Hawfinch are unlikely to be confused with any other. Excellent field marks for this species include the presence of bold white wing patches, a rich golden hood, a very large blue-black bill and dull pinkish-buff underparts. Several records involve birds feeding on black oil sunflower in town. Hutchinson Hill has also harbored multiple sightings.