Monday, January 16, 2012

El Sparrow and more

A rare opportunity arose to visit the New Forest where a series of good-to-see birds have settled.  The Spanish Sparrow at Calshot is no doubt a ship-assisted vagrant and the Dark-eyed Junco at nearby Hawkshill Enclosure could be too but never the less, two nice birds popular with visiting birders and in the case of the Sparrow, helping the locals in Calshot to raise money for local charities.  Photography opportunities were'nt ideal so these images are of "ones I prepared earlier" taken in Israel and New Jersey.   The best bird was however the male Crossbill that posed nicely in the winter sun.

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