White Winged Crossbills


A male White Winged Crossbill with meal close at hand.

Just a few weeks ago the forests we were visiting sang with the songs of White Winged Crossbills. Specialized beaks allow Crossbills to devour up to 3,000 pine seeds per day and the trails we skiied were littered with pieces of pine cone leftovers. Most of the time the birds were perched high up in the tree tops feeding, fortunately, every once in a while one came down into view.

What beautiful birds they are.


Female White Winged Crossbill.

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