July 2009 Crossbill Invasion
I had only seen a handful of Crossbills the year before and those were lifers. Crossbills are nice birds to see but they do not get calls out for island twitching. I occasionally heard about them being seen around the isle from various birdwatchers as they pass my house and give me birding updates. I can still remember how disappointed I was when I ruled out female Two-Barred Crossbill while trying to Identify that Citril Finch. (I eventually got over it) But I did get a call for Two-Barred Crossbills and I may be the only person Birdwatching in the UK to tick off Two-Barred first? (LOL! only on Fair Isle)
|Look at this Guy? He's not all Fluff!|
I had heard a Two-Barred Crossbill was spotted at Muckle Uri Geo by the South Lighthouse. I wanted to get a photo as I heard it was very approachable. I was looking around and couldn't see a thing but Common Crossbills? I was close to this guy and I started to take photos of it because I could. I finally got to close and the bird flew off! OMG! look at the white bars on the open wings in flight! Now sitting on a fence wire I could see more white than before and realized I had the right bird all the time.
|How did I get these amazing close ups with my rubbish camera?|
I was lucky to happen upon the Asst. Wardens Jack & Simon ringing some birds by the South Lighthouse. They held them for a moment before releasing them. Click! Click! & Thank again guys!