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White-winged Crossbill Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite:  A species that to date, I've only seen in one location...Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They're known to be wanderers, a species that in winter might show up good numbers, or not show up at all.  In southeastern South Dakota, it's definitely the latter, as there have only been a handful of winters that I remember them being reported around here. Mount Pleasant Cemetery has some very large, old spruce trees that often have a good crop of cones, and that's what's the attraction for Crossbills.  Curiously, the only Crossbills I've seen there have been White-winged Crossbills, and I have seen them there during three different winters.  These photos are all from February 2012.

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera 

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill 1

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill 2

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill 3

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill 4

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill 5

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill 6

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill 7

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill 8

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill 9

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill 10

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill 11

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

White-winged Crossbill 12

February 5th, 2012

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the White-winged Crossbill


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