Sunday, 29 January 2012

29th January 2012 Blackdown Overcast and misty

Parrot Crossbill 1 female
Crossbill c.50





Female Parrot Crossbill at Blackdown

Male Parrot Crossbill Holkham 1984? (Terry Box)
A comparative image of the male of the infamous breeding pair. Its bill structure, forehead profile, headshape and thick-set appearance all appear a dead-ringer to the Blackdown individual... 


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Female Parrot Crossbill at Blackdown
Note its stocky thick-set appearance with a large head, bull-neck, large 'square' bill with a swollen bulging vaguely S-shaped lower mandible. It sports more than a hint of a grey brow and pale cutting edges, especially to its lower mandible.

Male Common Crossbill at Blackdown
At least two males were sporting white wingbars

Sunday, 22 January 2012

22nd January 2012 Birling Gap 8.00- 9.30am NW6 Clear & Newhaven Harbour

Red-throated Diver 4E
Gannet 9E, 10W
Scoter 2E, 1W, 3 on sea
Teal 2W
Bonxie 1E at 8.15am
Razorbill 5W
Auk sp. 2E, 2W

Newhaven Harbour
Iceland Gull 1 2w ex.



















Second-winter Iceland Gull at Newhaven Harbour

Saturday, 21 January 2012

21st January 2012 Birling Gap 12.30pm to 1.30pm WNW5 Overcast & Newhaven Harbour

Plumpton
Hen Harrier 1 male ex.

Red-throated Diver 4E, 9 on sea
Gannet 1E, 18W
Scoter 3 on sea
Bonxie 1W 12.35pm
Common Gull c.250
Auk sp. 2W
Curlew 8E, 1W
Starling c.200

Newhaven Harbour
Iceland Gull 2 ex. (1w & 2w)


















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Second-winter Iceland Gull at Newhaven Harbour



































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First-winter Iceland Gull at Newhaven Harbour