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Eventually Crossing Paths

Just look at the snout on these!

It took me three visits to finally connect with the Parrot Crossbills at Holt. I ended up seeing a flock of ten or perhaps more. At least three males and the rest female types; some showing a strong covert bar indicating they were first winters. Even when they are there they can be amazingly elusive as they employ their  ‘make like a pine cone’ hiding strategy. Almost silently they walk and hop around in the top of the pines and larches not making a sound other than the occasional crash of cones released to tumble down through the canopy.

Parrot Crossbill 1

Parrot Crossbill

Parrot Crossbills

2013 11 18 Parrot Crossbill Holt CP Norfolk_Z5A2693




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