At dawn, I became aware of overflying Crossbills over the heath, most were heard, but some were seen quite high presumably heading to their feeding sites.
|Crossbill (male) on Croxton Heath 08/01/14|
Throughout my stay, Crossbills were coming and going all the time. For most of the time the birds spent their time perched high in the lone tree from where after a time, birds nervously dropped down through the branches before tentatively flying to the ground to drink from puddles.
Behaviour seen included several birds preening and males in song. Whilst in the treetops, some Crossbills demonstrated their acrobatic skills by hanging upside down from branches to reach for buds and seeds to feed upon.
|Crossbill (female) Croxton Heath 08/01/14|
Juvenile Crossbills appear brownish-grey but are clearly aged by their heavily streaked appearance.
Although found throughout Britain, the Breckland area probably supports the greatest numbers of this fantastic bird, a species which is always sought after by visiting birders from other parts of the country.