It’s a lifer for Joel, he said, and he needed to check his Peterson Bird App to determine what it was.
It’s a nice find. The Twin Ports are on the southern fringe of territory for both the red and white-winged crossbills, the bird books say. (Red crossbills also can be found in the Western U.S.) They really do have crossed bills, which come in handy for prying out seeds. The books say white-winged crossbills are, indeed, partial to spruce and larch cones.
You’ll probably notice the shiny pinkish hue of the males and the bright white wing patches before you get a look at their bills.
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