February 6 – White-winged Crossbill

I wandered out past the airport and then to the Turnagain neighborhood today. It had been very foggy this morning. The sun was now trying to break through and mostly succeeding, and the trees were once again spectacularly covered with rime ice.

There were few birds out by the airport. Neighborhood birds were the usual chickadees (Boreal and Black-capped) and Red-breasted Nuthatch, plus a single female White-winged Crossbill calling high in a spruce tree and not providing much opportunity for a good picture.

In our yard the usual birds were around too, including a single Pine Grosbeak and the Common Redpoll flock of about 20 that was busy on and off during the day at a few of the feeders.

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