Look what we came across in Wentwood

On a recent visit to Wentwood with my birder friend we were able to watch a flock of Crossbills feeding in the tall pine trees.

As the Crossbills eat a lot of pine seeds they get very thirsty and need to drink regularly. If you are patient (or lucky) you may see them take the opportunity to drink from a water source that is available nearby. In our case they drank from a puddle that was in the path.

It was great to see them land and start drinking. I noticed that some of them perch nearby and keep watch whilst the others land and drink. They are very furtive birds and getting close to them for the ideal photo is very frustrating.

For the time being I will have to be satisfied with photographs taken at a distance.

Accompanying the Crossbills, were Siskins , that mixed in with them and also took their chance to drink from the puddle.


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