Collected birch seed this week on hills near Merrick path, for UK National Tree Seed Project (KEW).
Involved a fair bit of stretching for Pete and Hugh
Crossbills in Knockman Woods
Calls of crossbills regularly heard at Knockman today.
Listen for a sharp ‘chip’ call.
Can also be heard singing at this time of the year as they breed very early in the year so that they can take advantage of crops of cones on conifer trees before the cones open with the warmth of the spring sunshine and shed their seeds.
They extract the seeds from these with their specialised crossed beak.
(photo courtesy of Gavin Chambers)