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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Waiting for the Crossbills

A customer, blog watcher, rang me today after seeing my blog last night and reported seeing 2 male crossbills on the edge of the plantation off Back Lane Ogden, feeding on pine cones a couple of week back.
Hopefully this is the start of the arrival of more Crossbills as it was back to 2012 when the last influx took place which is a mystery as each year the pines have been full of cones but failed to attract this species.
Crossbills were present throughout 2012 and my records include

12 Back Lane plantation 26/2/2012
9 Back Lane plantation  11/3/2012
18 in the plantation to the west side of Ogden 19/6/2012
11 by the info centre       14/9/2012
This influx has never re occured since then and my only other Crossbill sighting since was
2f 1m Back Lane plantation 6/4/2013.

Its unlikely that birds have been missed as these areas are reasonably well watched and although they can take some finding in the tops of the pines they are noisy birds with a distinctive call and are usually heard before seen.

A trip to Soil hill this evening had to be aborted when the fog and drizzle came in over the tops.
BS

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

A good crop of cones appearing on Scots Pine now and the Spuce so lets hope !