Tuesday 3 October 2017

Parrot find

Great to find this beast in Lerwick this morning with Sam Viles and Kev DuRose. Having heard about the small flock at Sand to the north, we decided to hit some suitable sites. The first couple of places drew a blank and with time being short due to having to get Sam back to the airport, we remembered there were quite a few pines in Lerwick. After a considerable drive around Lerwick we eventually found a good stand of pines of all different flavours down Helendale Terrace, some with plenty of cones on.

After a little while a couple of Parrot Crossbill calls started to come from deep within the pines and a little while later Kev spotted a male feeding in the open. Another, this time juvenile, then appeared and Kev and Sam had another over later on. Sadly it seems they didn't hang around (much like the ones at Sand to the north).

There may be more, but with these winds at the moment, I doubt it. But whatever- great to find a rarity that is even rare for Shetland!

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