White-winged Crossbills in my spruce trees

This morning as I was sitting in the living room watching the news on TV, I saw some movement in the spruce trees outside my window.  Sure enough, the WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were back.  Actually, they seem to be coming regularly, feeding on the cone seeds.

They are especially adapted to splitting open the cones and getting at the seeds.  Their beaks are just made for this.

This gal would be easy to miss as she almost lays down and turns sideways to get just the right angle to get inside that cone.

They get into some odd angles to work over the cones.

The males are reddish.  The females are yellowish.  They both have white feathering in their wings.

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One response to this post.

  1. They don’t seem bothered by the wind.


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