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White-winged Crossbill

Photo of the Week (January 21st, 2018)

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It had been many weeks since I'd been out birding, so I thought I'd try to find some of the uncommon finches that have been present around here this winter. Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls has a number of massive, old spruce and other evergreen trees that attract them in the winter, and it certainly didn't disappoint this morning.  The ONLY place I've ever seen White-winged Crossbills has been at this location, and there were many around today.  They were extremely active, moving from tree to tree and feeding on the cone seeds along with many Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins.  They really seem to like the cones at the very tops of these huge trees!  A problem for a photographer! But with some patience, I finally got some photos of some that were feeding a bit lower.

White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera

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