Two-barred Crossbill - a first for Lancs

It's been a while since I posted on here but East Lancashire has scored again with another rarity, this time a juvenile Two-barred Crossbill on a Bowland bird feeder.
Juvenile Two-barred Crossbill
The news came out at 5pm this-evening that the bird had been present for two days on feeders at a farm house near Browsholme Hall. The owner, Barry Tyrer, runs a website with many links to blogs and resources for the Bowland area so as a keen naturalist was keen to get the news out. I'm not to sure if he's prepared for the throng tomorrow!

The path up to the farm wasn't entirely obvious but managed it at a second attempt. After a short wait the bird came down to some feeders where it tucked into sunflower seeds. It departed after around 10 minutes but was soon back, perching on the aerial before coming down to he feeders again. The tertial spots were not all that prominent but other than that it looked like a two-barred, the first of the recent invasion to reach the western side of the Pennines and a first for Lancashire. The garden was surrounded by Larches so it was a good place to pick this species up.

This all followed a pleasant but tiring 24 hour ringing session at Woolston Eyes where I got to process lots of Reed, Sedge and other warblers - birds I've not had many ringing encounters with so far. Garden Warbler was a new one along with a Jay - which duly drew blood as promised.


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