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Red crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

Description:

Red-orange finch with large crossed bill for removing seeds from fir, pine and spruce cones. Female yellowish green

Habitat:

at a feeder complex in a neighbor's front yard

Notes:

#3 & 4 is male and female

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11 Comments

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Thank you.

CaroLinaBon-illa
CaroLinaBon-illa 7 years ago

Beautiful!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Most of what you're seeing is the reflection from the bird bath across his neck... but he is pretty bulky all on his own too

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

neck muscles look powerful!!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

It does help to have a cooperative group of subjects. I love these birds. Now if only they'd come to my house

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 7 years ago

Nice series, Karen!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Probably to cool off in high heat(or if at night to get the collected heat from earlier in the day). Our sudden warm weather(It's been yo-yoing between cold and wet and very warm and dry) has brought all kinds of interesting bugs

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

I almost thought that I saw one! The past 3 weeks have been quite dry with nothing significant . Except that my neighbor killed a snake:( I did not see that but he sounded shaken up. The snake was at his front door and according to him it was hissing at him. I wonder why snakes come up to peoples front doors? Sometimes to cool off? to moult? One gopher came up to my front porch on a hot August day,.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 7 years ago

Beautiful series Karen

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Thank you! This is their second summer at my mom's neighbor's feeders. They are very tame and let me walk right up within about 6 feet

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Beautiful spotting!!

KarenSaxton
Spotted by
KarenSaxton

Oregon, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2013
Submitted on Jun 5, 2013

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