I was on my way to a site in west Limerick this morning for ecology work when I got a call to say that the site was closed for the day due to adverse weather. As I was near the Curraghchase I detoured off the main road to have a quick look for the Hawfinches. Sure enough there were two or three birds feeding in and around the Car Park, out in snowy grass with thrushes and a few Chaffinches. The temp was - 3℃ with frost, fog and really dull light conditions. Below are just a few record shots of these rare birds to Ireland.
Hawfinches at the Curraghchase, Limerick © John N Murphy