Twenty-five years ago, in June/July 1972: '. . . after 10th June, a total of probably several hundred [Common Crossbills Loxia curvirostra] being reported in many parts of Britain from Shetland to Lundy [Devon] by the end of the month . . . The largest gathering reported was one of 300 at Haldon (Devon) on 18th July; on 23rd a flock of 70 came in off the sea at Hengistbury Head (Hampshire) . . .' (Br


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