Parrot Crossbills are pretty much exactly the same as other Crossbills except for having a larger bill. Regardless of this three intrepid twitchers (Bret, Fred and Myself) found ourselves heading towards Black down in Sussex this morning. It’s actually a really rare bird in England with the last being over ten years ago which has meant there has been quite a bit of interest in Polly. She’s caused some controversy in the twitching world (can you believe it!!) as some think her bill isn’t big enough. We got stunning views and all thought that her bill looked fine so after a rubbish attempt at photographing her we turned out attentions to something much more glamorous.
Thankfully on the way back to the car we had the chance to get some decent shots of Crossbill, albeit one with a ‘normal’ sized bill.
Later in the morning we arrived at a site somewhere near Arundel where a Rough-legged Buzzard has been hanging about. I won’t embarrass myself by posting the pictures but I can assure you that the scope views were decent and we got some nice flight views.
On the way back we stopped at Blashford Lakes near Ringwood in the hope of getting decent views of an adult Caspian Gull which has been roosting there for several weeks. In short, we dipped but saw lots of other gulls instead.