White-winged Crossbills

This is “find the White-winged Crossbill in the hemlocks” puzzle. It’s there, that reddish blob in the center, taken by yours truly by pushing my little camera beyond its limits but I had to try. Check here for a better photo.
This is a medium sized finch of the far north and therefore a RARE bird in New Jersey. It feeds on cones of coniferous trees and must follow successful cone crops from year to year and place to place. Jersey birders have been crawling all over looking for them this winter. Alas, while working on some boring files this afternoon, I checked the Jersey birds emails and lo and behold, a dozen or more were reported at Ringwood Manor, about 5 miles away.
Toss the papers! Calculator be gone! I grabbed the bins and the camera and was off! And when I got there, all I had to do was open the car door, walk across the parking lot to the stand of hemlocks, lift my binoculars, and Bing! There they were, slicing and dicing their way through the hemlock cones. Long may they live.
Ya just gotta know what’s important in life. Life.

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6 Responses to White-winged Crossbills

  1. noflickster says:

    Awesome! It’s been a great winter (birdwise), hasn’t it? A flock of WW XBills has been hanging around our hill since late November, they are an amazing bird to watch – and what a splash of color in wintery grays and whites.

  2. Good for you! Who wants to work on files anyway.Congratulations on finding them so quickly. I’ll bet it was a hard shot to get too.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That is so cool. I’m continuously amazed at how much we find right in our backyards (so to speak). I enjoy checking into your website once in a while. Very enjoyable.-D, in Ramsey NJ

  4. Sparverius says:

    Way to take advantage of what matters. That’s awesome. They get reported here from time to time, but never within reasonable driving distance for someone who doesn’t generally chase birds. But the day will come, I have no doubt.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lucky you!

  6. That is always the way of it. Nature goes where she wants. While I (and several other people) were stalking up and down Clinton Road searching for them, they appeared for those who need them more. Now, by the time the weekend comes, they will have moved on.

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