Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Crossbills

It seems that my blog is not very current, but rather a place where I recall past highlights.
In spring, which now seems so long ago,I had several interesting visitors.

For several days I had some White-winged Crossbills visit the bird bath.
This one is acting all shy and turning his head away, but I think he is still cute.



A few days later, i thought I was seeing the same Crossbills, when I noticed they did not have the white wing bars.




Before long there were a number of the Red Crossbills coming to the bird bath.



These birds were very accommodating , allowing me to get very close to them.
That bill looks deformed, but that is exactly as it should be.



I have read that they use that crossed bill to pry open pinecones, their main source of food.


I hope you enjoyed my little visit with the Crossbills.
Nature gives us so much diversity and beauty, that we need never lack for things of interest to watch.

18 comments:

happyone said...

We had a red crossbill on our porch railing a couple of weeks ago. Interesting birds. You sure got some fantastic pictures.

Rose said...

Oh, I did so enjoy these. The Red Crossbill is such a gorgeous color! I just love them. So beautiful.

Marie Smith said...

I’ve never seen one of these. Interesting beaks for sure. Great photos!

Ginny Hartzler said...

I don't think I have ever seen Crossbills on a blog. They are quite spectacular! I have never seen a real one.

Lady Fi said...

wow - gorgeous!

Agnieszka Mikołajczyk said...

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Hootin' Anni said...

Perfection in photos again! I know nothing about crodsbills, but maybe the ones without wing bars are juveniles (or maybe females)?

Hootin' Anni said...

Never mind...I see the white winged females are more brown than the male.

Karen said...

THESE ARE BEAUTIFUL BIRDS. YOUR PHOTOS ARE AMAZING. HAVE A BLESSED DAY.

Sandra said...

Wow they are so beautiful! I love their color! And I've never seen it across the bills like that before. We have time trees all around us so I wonder why we don't have crossed bills eating or pine cones. The thing is when you take a lot of photographs you have to live in the past because you can't post everything you take. When I used to go out hiking for a couple hours I would take five or six hundred photos and there's no way you could post all of us

George said...

Your photos of both crossbills are marvelous. As you can tell, I, too, have to live in the past when I post pictures.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a pretty and interesting bird those crossbills are. Thanks for sharing.

Rose L said...

We get those but Randy calls them purple finches. Not sure if he is right. I keep saying they are NOT purple! Love your shots.

Unknown said...

Ruth, great images of the Crossbills!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Love your Crossbills! I've never seen them in person before, so this was a treat. I didn't know they liked pine cones...we have a lot of pine trees here in Florida, but I don't think they come here...not that I've seen. I need to look them up and find out why! Very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, Sure enjoyed this post. Your photos are excellent, as always. You said, "I have read that they use that crossed bill to pry open pinecones, their main source of food." Isn't it amazing how God has given these birds that special bill so they can live off the pinecones. Fascinating!

Debbie said...

such a pretty color...a bird i have never seen before. it seems that whatever one needs is always provided!!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

I often wonder how these beautiful birds can eat with their crossed beaks. But they obviously thrive and survive.

Perhaps the season is for looking backwards. You've come to a stage where you are closing a huge chapter of your life. For me, I find these crossroads or milestone events usually give me the urge to pause, to process, to look back, to gather old moments and memories ... almost as if to pack them and bring them into my present. We don't live back there, but we want to remember those moments.

In my case, Ruth, I never mind your 'old' posts because as a fairly new follower it's all new to me, Ruth. :)

Wishing you a beautiful day,
Bren xox