Only once previously have I ever observed the Crossbill and that was several years ago now.
On that occasion I got one very dull poor image of a male and female together.
At the weekend I was setting off to walk through a large woodland area that at this time and on into the summer I usually visit quite regularly.
I met a local birding colleague who advised me of the location in the woodland where he had observed three Crossbill earlier that afternoon. So off I went in search of this elusive species, with little hope of finding them of course. I positioned myself under several tall Fir trees and within a few minutes I could hear the pine cones dropping from one of the trees, which is a sure sign that the Crossbill was at work above feeding on the seeds from the cones.
Quite a neck aching job looking up into tall trees for a period of time, but I eventually located the three birds that my birding colleague mentioned. At first the shots were difficult as they remained behind foliage. Later they all moved to the end tree of the row and I was able to get some better shots.
A bird usually seen on migration in England, but there is a variation of the species named the Scottish Crossbill that is resident in Scotland. The males are reddish to orange and females are green/grey in colour.