Mid-afternoon we decided we didn't have time to check the pine-littered coastal sites that we had hoped to, and headed home quite content with a pleasant few hours' birding. As we were driving through the Thetford Forest, the pager went off with the breaking rarity tone and Ian checked it to see that a juvenile Two-barred Crossbill had been confirmed and was showing just a few minutes ago at Lynford! We were only fifteen minutes away and found the site without too much trouble, getting on a juvenile TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL straight away! We enjoyed good views of this bird but soon another juvenile appeared, the two feeding side-by-side. This was pretty incredible stuff (especially as the arboretum is so far inland) so we couldn't quite believe it when a rather prim female then appeared (although briefly). Cracking stuff, and nice to see a decent-sized flock of Common Crossbills there, too. My fifteenth lifer of the year and mission of the day accomplished!
|female Two-barred Crossbill|
|One of the juvenile Two-barred Crossbills|
|Another Two-barred Crossbill|