Saturday, 12 October 2013

Parrot Fashion at Gunners Park

Four Crossbills at Gunners Park, Shoeburyness near Southend today were identified as Parrot Crossbills. Great work by local birders Paul Griggs and Jeff Delve in nailing the identification.You can see some of Jeff's superb images HERE I managed to see three of the four birds an adult male, a female and a paler immature female. They showed well at times in two small conifers on the seaward side opposite the old tennis courts. They would disappear at times in the small conifers and were often obscured, they continuously fed, and it was fascinating to watch them manipulate the cones. But, even better than that, this was the first time I had ever seen this species; a life tick hooray! Below are a few record shots of two of the four birds present.