I wanted to return to Hemsted especially to see the parrot crossbills to which I only had a quick view last week. I have not been out the last few days, what with looking after the twins for two days and a bit of man flu plus all the rain so today was just what I needed. I was surprised to see they still attracted crowds of people although when I arrived there was nothing much to see but finally the two-barred appeared back towards the road but it never came to the oak tree, plenty of commons though.
I met plenty of the Kent birders inc. Mark Tomlins, Grant Demar, Jerry Warne, Rick Smith, Marc Heath, Derek Smith, hope none of you should have been at work! There was a flock of about 20 commons which at one point landed in one of the small pines allowing a group shot.
Not much happened for a couple of hours around lunchtime, I moved around to the back of the track with a few others to get closer to the large tree they seemed to often use. From here I got a few views of the odd parrot amongst the commons, finally getting a shot albeit not very good due to the distance. This shot was cropped to just over to 700 pix across.