Harwood this week for the Crossbills parked just along from the turnoff to Harwood plenty of Crossbills in the nearby trees so I tried to digi them a bit breezy even here the birds showed well but very active by the time I got the scope on one it had moved, Siskin Goldfinch and Chaffinch also around it was a bit to overcast and cool to expect any Adders but I had a good look anyway. Cycled up the long drag and around to the more open area of Tutehill Moss where I just set up the scope, counting well over a hundred Crossbillls going in all directions some landing nearby but too far to photograph glad I got a couple of shots earlier. Two Great Spotted Woodpecker several Buzzards all too far away (actually nowadays I can see as many and sometimes closer much nearer home who would have thought it a few years ago !!!) also in the distance a Raptor caught my eye through the bins getting it in the scope I could see it was not a Buzzard it turned to avoid a Corvid and revealed itself to be a Ring-tailed Harrier not sure where it actually was located. It became rather duller so I headed back to the car where I hung around for ten mins or so but no Crossbills . Headed up to the Gibbet another 5-6 Crossbills here on the fence and the ground even though I pulled up well short they all flew off, unfortunately no sign of any other raptors for me . Called at West Hartford looking from the road only a few gulls on the pond a Fox heading for me turned and picked up something from the grass before heading out of view so ended the day.
The long drag it s very hard to cycle up and dangerous to go down if you go tooo fast !!