It was a brilliant morning. When I arrived on campus the trees were glittering, each twig studded with sparkling ice crystals. The White-winged Crossbill, an immature male, was hunkered down on a feeder by the campus kitchen busy with picking sun-flower seeds.
He started out in the shade, but gradually made his way into the sun. He also stopped feeding having apparently gotten his fill.
He had started off feeding in the shade, but was gradually working his way into the sun.
I am not sure what he was looking at under the roof but shortly after he flew off.
So I was able to add another bird to my life list, bringing the count up to 271. I'd like to thank Ken Klapper, expert birder from Keene, in locating these birds and pointing them out to me.
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Fantastic pictures! Thank you!ReplyDelete
Perhaps, in the picture with the Crossbill looking up he was hoping to catch a drink from the ice just above him?
Beautiful photos Hilke!ReplyDelete
Wow, Hilke! These are fantastic close-ups!! Love the shots when he emerges in the sunlight. He has really interesting coloring...ReplyDelete
Great photos. They are stunning birds. They are just starting to show up here. I love them at my feedersReplyDelete
Great photos of the bird and the bill is certainly perfect for the job of extracting seeds from cones!ReplyDelete
Congrats on your lifer. Wonderful photos!ReplyDelete
Thank you, David. You are probably right about the bird trying to catch a drink.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Dawn, Kelly, Bill, Mick and Eileen. It was thrilling to see this bird so close up!
Excellent captures Hilke. Such an amazing beak too.ReplyDelete
What wonderful captures of this bird that I have never seen here in my area in Maine!!ReplyDelete
Lovely colors and that bill!!
Thank you, Keith. Thank you Grammie. That bill at first looked so non-functional until I visualized, what a well-designed instrument it really was for opening cones!ReplyDelete
Hilke, Congratulations on this very cool addition to your List! Outstanding close-ups of the "crossed" bill. Special indeed!ReplyDelete
It's a lovely bird, and such a nice visit:)ReplyDelete
A beautiful bird and very beautiful photos. Well captured and presentated. Bravo!ReplyDelete
Have a nice day.
Beautiful Shots Hilke!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.ReplyDelete
Brilliant captures of a lovely bird. Some of our local Cheshire forests are home to our Crossbills but I not even seen one never mind take a picture. A lovely bird to see.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jean!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Joo!
Thank you, Fotokarusellen!
Thank you, Gary!
Thank you, Andrew! You wouldn't ordinarily see this bird at a feeder. So I am not sure what made it do so, but that's the only reason I got so close.
Nice blog! I would love to follow up your blog:)ReplyDelete
Great series of close ups. I've seen no Crossbills this winter. They must have all gone south to see youReplyDelete
Congratulations on the addition to your life list! He is a pretty bird. Your close-up photos show amazing detail!ReplyDelete
such a remarkable species -- wonderful close-up series!ReplyDelete
Love that bird! Such a strange beak...ReplyDelete
WHat great birds - that bill is just the tool for pine cones.ReplyDelete
Cheers - Stewart M - Australia
What a brilliant and exciting series Hilke! Splendid story too! You really heeded the call and were rewarded with these gorgeous photos to share. Every day I realise how much more there is to know and see. A White winged crossbill, who knew?ReplyDelete
What a lovely visitor! Lucky you! :-) The bottom shot is fantastic.ReplyDelete
Oh that's a wonderful bird. And you got terrific shots. I don't even think I've ever seen a picture of this bird before! I love the ones with his head tipped. He has beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing your life list find!!ReplyDelete
Thank you all, Ka Wai, Harold, Pat, Pat Ulrich, Mike B, Stewart M, Springman, JM and Sallie. Never in my life did I think I would get this close to a WWC! Usually the only way to see them, if at all, is in the top most branches of a conifer where all the best cones are. I was so lucky!ReplyDelete
Your photos just kept getting better as I scrolled down-beautiful series and I totally love the last shot--that bill is perfectly designed for the job!ReplyDelete
what a great serie of shots. This bird is definitively worth waiting for. Love its colors and the bill.ReplyDelete
Wow what a beautiful visitor! fantastic! I'd love to see him!ReplyDelete
Wonderful photos. These pictures really show off all the colouration in the feathers. I like to think I can get a real sense of his personality as I scroll from shot to shot.
Thank you, Sondra, Nature Footsteps, Chris and Guy! I am glad the pics came out so well and the bird cooperated by gradually moving from a dark place into the sunlight.ReplyDelete
Brilliant close up series of this magnificent crossbill (piquituerto), Hilke, thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Of course, you know I'd think these were wonderful shots! Like my most recent WW crossbill, your's is also quite orange tinged. I have noticed much variation in the foliage of these birds. Some of them are almost cherry red while others are more orange. From a distance, one migh mistake one for an oriole at quick glance. I love the last shot, esp. of the ice eating. I have shots of them eating snow carved up with that sharp bill and filched out with the tongue. These birds have reminded me of parakeets. Nice post!ReplyDelete