• Coming for Winter 2017-18: A Crush of Crossbills

    3 years ago - By All About Birds

    From the Winter 2018 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now .
    If loud, anxious chattering from high above interrupts your peaceful walk in the woods this winter... look up! You might be thrilled to catch a roving flock of Red Crossbills ravenously extracting every last seed from the cones at the top of an evergreen tree. These plump finches are famous for their extraordinary bills with a sickle-like top mandible that crosses the bottom like a pair of busted scissors.
    Thanks in part to the drought of 2016 and wet spring of 2017, this winter the spruces, hemlocks, pines, and other...
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