Around this time of year my mind always turns to Crossbill if I am out walking around Hanchurch Woods. While following one of the bike tracks a small group flew over but I could not locate them, but we did find a small party of Redpoll. While making our way to the track we had flushed 2 Snipe and even to Mallards (not your typical woodland birds).
Making our way back to the car our luck was in as a party of 4 Crossbill dropped into a tree close to the track, two flew off but a male and female stayed behind. The female for some reason appeared to be eating the bark off the Pine tree. The birds eventually dropped down to a pool to drink.