Today was a messy day due to having a couple of appointments to go to during the day. But, being a typical birder I did cram in a bit of time here and there.
For my second appointment (late morning) I drove down to Kidderminster town centre and parked on the Weavers Wharf retail park carpark. A quick glance at the old carpet mill chimney stack and I quickly picked up on what I was hoping for, a stunning ♂ Peregrine was perched on top. I grabbed my bins from the car and enjoyed the bird for a few minutes before heading off for my appointment. It was still present and showing well when I returned an hour later.
I then decided to pop a few miles up the road to Eymore Wood to have a look for the Crossbills that have been showing there the past week or so. I was in luck, on pulling up at the top carpark I got out my car and there they were in the Larches right next to the information board. In total I counted 9 Common Crossbills (4♂). The carpark was empty and I spent a good half hour enjoying these glorious finches on my own before heading back. Also present near the carpark were 6 Siskins and 8 Goldcrests...no Firecrest mind...but you have to check ;-)
Common Crossbills - Eymore Wood(photos from my archive)