Dec 222017

This winter there has been a small invasion of Parrot Crossbills into the UK and at least 12 birds have arrived in Derwent Dale, Derbyshire. Larger and much bulkier with a heavier bill and a metallic “chup chup” call helps to tell them apart from the more usual Common Crossbill. There was a flock of at least 31 birds today, which included about 12 Parrot Crossbill. Despite ideal conditions, the birds were reluctant to come down to a favoured watering hole and spent most of their time feeding in surrounding pine trees, making photography rather difficult to say the least. I did manage to connect with a few that were in smaller trees surrounding the car park at the bottom of the track. Hopefully a few more visits may pay off with better photo opportunities.

Parrot Crossbill – adult male above 2 images – Derwent Dale, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©

Parrot Crossbill – female type – Above 2 images – Derwent Dale, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©

Most probably a Common Crossbill – Derwent Dale, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©



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