Sunday, 29 December 2013

Parrot Crossbills concludes the Hatrick!

It's been a great year for Crossbills in the UK, Two-Barred Crossbills entered the UK in force back at the end of August followed by Parrot Crossbills during October. There's been small flocks gathering throughout the UK and the nearest was Nottinghamshire for me. These birds have been present for just over a month, but I haven't had time to go for them, I was planning on going next week but the opportunity came up on 28th December as Austin Morley kindly asked if I would like a lift there from the M56. With a beautiful day set to be weather-wise, I couldn't turn the opportunity done.
 
After horrendous traffic on the M62 and again on the A1, we eventually arrived on negative news that the birds hadn't been reported all day. As we made our way over to the site to where the birds have been reported from, we saw a crowd of people making their way onwards. Assuming they were on to something we caught them up but only to find out that the birds had been present but have flown off! They were eventually tracked down and we got good scope views enabling some digi-scoping attempts:
 
Male Parrot Crossbill - just look at that super-sized bill
 
Female Parrot Crossbill
 
Another great day in a lovely setting, my forth lifer in two days and then on our way back we caught a distant sight of a Great Grey Shrike which are always nice to see! Thanks to Austin for driving! 

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