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Thursday, January 19, 2023

White-winged Crossbills at feeders!

You never know who may show up at your feeders! I once had White-winged Crossbills visit feeders in late winter. These northern birds are rarely seen here, let alone seen at feeders. White-winged Crossbills are large finches that mainly live in Canada, AK, and northern areas of the northeast quadrant of this country. In winter they can come down into the U.S. in search of food. They use their amazing bill, which is crossed at the tip, to pry open conifer cones and extract the seeds. We were making it easy for them, as we had hulled sunflower in the feeders, no shell to remove.


Monday, January 02, 2023