Two-day Crossbill

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Caught and ringed last night (Sarah Long)

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The distinct two bars of the bird (Sarah Long)

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Second day and still here showing well (Sarah Long)

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Feeding on the seeds of hogweed

Tuesday 25th July comments: Day two and our star avian visitor remained. The immature Two-barred Crossbill which arrived (and was ringed) last night remained loyal to the Arnott Trap area of the island feeding well on Hog Weed seeds.

The bird, a very rare visitor from Boreal Russia, arrived yesterday following a spell of easterly winds. It represents only the third record for the island following individuals in 2001 and 1997.

With spaces available on the boat (check out the various boat websites) and with the bird showing so well, its well worth a look as its something very different to the usual Puffins and Terns. The Isle of May never ceases to amaze.

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