Tuesday, December 9, 2008

White-winged Crossbills at President Murray Park

Today, I foolishly braved minus 19 degree conditions to see what was hanging around President Murray Park and some nearby back alleys.
I hoped to find the Varied Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Brown Creeper, but none of those made an appearance during the 2 hours I was there.
I did however get a fleeting glimpse of a female Pine Grosbeak ( I still think this is the same bird I found awhile back).
I also had some nice binocular views of feeding White-winged Crossbills, intent on eating pine seeds.
Here is a full list of what I found plus a couple of photos :

House Finch - 15+
White-winged Crossbill - 20+
Pine Grosbeak - 1
Blue Jay - 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 5
Black-capped Chickadee - 6
Black-billed Magpie - 2
Merlin - 1

White-winged Crossbill - Once again, these proved extremely hard to photograph, seeing as they were at the very tips of the spruce trees for the most part :


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

They may have been hard to photograph,but you got some great shots.

Nick S said...

Thanks Ruth. I was almost leaning over backwards to get them :-)

2sweetnsaxy said...

19 below!? Wow. I can't even imagine. It was in the 70's here today. Your photos are great. You make it look like it was an easy shoot.

Jayne said...

Love that third photo Nick where you can really see the crossbill so well. :c)

Shellmo said...

Nick - you are a trouper to brave that weather! I loved these shots - so scenic w/ the pinecones!

The Birdlady said...

Really really wonderful....I read "minus 19" and almost got too cold to scroll down! How did you ever manage the shutter?

Nick S said...

Thanks very much everyone. At one point my camera quit on me and I thought " gotta be the cold " , then I realized the battery had just gone, so I replaced it :-)
I wouldn't recommend birding in these conditions though. After 2 hours, even with two pairs of gloves on my fingers were going numb.

Bird Girl said...

I'm so glad you posted these - you did a great job in just awful conditions - I can't get my fingers to move when it's that cold. What a neat bird!

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Amazing Nick, I travelled way up into Scotland to try and find crossbills and didn't see a single one, good to see your pics.

Nick S said...

Thanks everyone. Sorry you didn't see them in Scotland Mike . You should try again some time !

William said...

Great pictures and just this morning I was sitting in the Hot Tub outside and these birds were doing exactly what you captured in your pictures. I never seen them at our place before, Thanks for your site to help me identify the bird.