This week has been a mixture of a bit of local birding and the continuing quest to get good views of Parrot Crossbills. On Monday spent much of the day in the Tame valley: Coton was notable for Coots and Bullfinches, at Kingsbury numbers of Wigeon and Goldeneye continue to increase while a walk around Middleton Lakes produced a Great White Egret, 3 Little Egrets and a Grey Wagtail.
On Tuesday I took the opportunity to have another go for the Parrot Crossbills at Budby in Nottinghamshire. My attempts to get there early were thwarted by traffic holdups but I arrived on site eventually to find clear skies and about 50 birders. It was after a 1 and a half hour wait that the birds eventually came in.The small flock landed in the nearest tree to where most of the group were standing and then a few dropped down to drink in a puddle on the track. They didnt stay long and were not seen again for another 3 hours at least. Whether the proximity of some of the onlookers had effected their stay is difficult to say.
Parrot Crossbills, Budby, Notts.
Another great sight was 2 large skeins of Pink footed Geese heading east at some height. In excess of 250 birds were seen on this regular flyway for Pink feet.
Pink footed Geese