Sunday 2nd March 2014

   Gotta try the Parrot Crossbills again today.........

   We stopped off at Choseley Barns, there were Yellowhammers along the road, and we found both Partridges there too. Didnt see or hear any Corn Buntings sadly, but I'm sure they are still there.

Bar-tailed Godwit
   Next stop was Burnham Overy harbour, just to check see if there were any Waders there. There were. Both Godwits, Grey & Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank and Curlew. A couple of small, probably family parties of Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew over too.

Black-tailed Godwit

   Then a drive further along the coast road to Holkham. We stopped and had a look for a Rough-legged Buzzard, which had been around the area. Sadly i couldn't find it, but we did have a Common Buzzard, a Peregrine and at least 6 Marsh Harriers, so worth the stop anyway.....

   Now then, would i get a chance at the Parrot Crossbills today.....As soon as i got to the car park, i got the bad news, the Parrots were about, but had not been coming down to the puddles all day! Oh well, I'm here now. I set up by the puddle, a quick chat to a birder friend, and in came the Commons again. Including this odd coloured, 1st Winter Male, almost yellow, bit strange......

Common Crossbill (1st Winter Male)

Common Crossbill (Female)

Common Crossbill (Male)

    Nice, but not the Parrots.......

    The Commons flew off. Then came the Parrots.......will they come down though.......YES!!!!!

Parrot Crossbill (Male)
Parrot Crossbill (Female)

Parrot Crossbill (1st Winter Male)

  Then they were gone.....great stuff, got the photos i wanted, lets hope i can get some more. The Commons came back in, came down to drink, and left again. Everybody else left, i was alone, so moved a little closer, found a tree stump, used it as a seat, and waited. Another birder arrived and sat down behind me, and we waited.........Not long after he arrived they arrived too, in the dead tree. Quiet and sit still, will they be brave enough to come down????? Again YES!!!!!!!

Parrot Crossbill (1st Winter Male)
Parrot Crossbill (Flock)

Parrot Crossbill (Female)

Parrot Crossbill (Female)

Parrot Crossbill (Male)

Parrot Crossbill (Male)

Parrot Crossbill (Male & Females)

     Wow, this was one of the best days i have had with my camera, never been this close to Crossbills, let alone Parrot Crossbills. Photos i could never of dreamed of, just enough light, and NO rain.

    Hope you like the photos as much as i do.......................?

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