The crossbill invasion continues. It appears that I was over-optimistic about the identity of the wing barred birds as Lindsay Cargill reckons they are most likely Common Crossbill. Wing barred Crossbills can be tricky as evidenced by these and others in the past. There are some interesting photos in the Common Crossbill section on BirdGuides of other wing barred birds. Lindsay's blog posts on this issue make interesting reading too.
Absolutely and totally gripped off ... Louise has cunningly obtained directions to the Great White Egret at Graemeshall Loch and twitched it, rubbing it in by phoning me during the observation aaaaaggghhhhhhh!!!