Picking up Chris Grimshaw en-route, we headed for Broughton Forest pines to have a go for the two-barred crossbill. On our arrival at the hot spot, Roy Harvey already had the bird located, though it was playing hard to get, deep in the centre of a pine. There were no less than seven sp. of finch in the tree with common crossbills, including some really bright red males, siskins, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinches, and a male brambling along with the two-barred. With a bit of waiting the star bird showed better.
Roy then told us about a large falcon that Graham Catley had found at Reads Island the previous evening. We were soon there and GPC and Neil Drinkall had the beast in their sights. We got distant scope views before watching it fly over the road and above the fields. It was a large bird, clearly different to a peregrine, but the id hadn’t been nailed. Record shot below. See GPC’s blog for some great pics and his thoughts on the bird.
The day was going quite well, then my phone went, it was Trev Lee. ‘Dave! Where are you?’ Trev blurted out. I replied that I was on the bank of the Humber, which was a bummer because he’d got three common cranes, circling virtually over my house !!!!!!!!!!!! Birding can be bonkers sometimes can’t it? Ta for the call mate, anyway.
Our next destination was Covenham res, where the pick of the birds were a couple of long-tailed ducks.
We still had time to squeeze in one more location, Manby flashes near Louth. There wasn’t a great deal of note, but two early chiffchaffs kicked off our summer migrant account, nice.