Monday, December 30, 2013

Parrot Crossbill

A recent trip to Norfolk with a friend for a couple of days produced a flock of 8 Parrot Crossbills. On arriving at the site where the birds had been reported, it was clear we were probably in the right place. The habitat was typical of that of crossbills - we were surrounded by mature conifers. Scanning the tree-tops produced nothing and there was nothing to be heard either.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Desert Wheatear

A Desert Wheatear was reported a couple of days ago, around the Severn Beach area of South Gloucestershire. It's such a rare visitor that there had only ever been one previous record in the county, so I paid a visit to try to see it for myself. It was a cold and drizzly day, and this little bird was well outside of it's range and no doubt feeling the effects. It was

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Two-barred Crossbill

The Two-barred Crossbill is a scarce visitor to Britain, but in recent weeks the Forest of Dean has played host to a flock. Two-barred Crossbill have a strong preference for Larch, and it is in Larch that I've observed them on two occasions, both times in the company of Common Crossbills. Whilst their colours are comparable with