Sims describes the hawfinch's immobile upper jaw, which is used as a powerful press in cracking the stones of fresh fruit.
If so, we might look them over for a hawfinch's nest about May 10th.
It altogether sounds as though it might have been a hawfinch.
Occasionally that shy bird, the hawfinch, is seen on a wet, quiet day picking up white-beam kernels and seeds.
Old man Tyler could lay his hawfinch half a point nearer the wind than a chap has a right to expect from an archbishop.