Red Crossbills Feeding on Cone Seeds at Grant Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on January 21, 2018

I was birding along the lakefront this morning and I came across some Red Crossbills feeding on some cone seeds on some spruce trees. I saw 2 males and 2 females. I only saw 4 of these birds and they moved around to a couple of different clumps of spruce trees while I was there. It started to drizzle so I left, and the Red Crossbills were still present. That was the birding highlight for the day. A cloudy day with fog and very light drizzle. The temps were mild, that felt great for a change. Images were taken on January 21, 2018.

Red Crossbill, male eating cone seeds on a spruce tree…

Red Crossbill

Binomial name: Loxia curvirostra

Category: Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies

Size: 6.25” long, 11” wing span

Weight:  1.3 oz

Red Crossbill, male eating cone seeds on a spruce tree…

Red Crossbill, male eating cone seeds on a spruce tree…

Red Crossbill, male, seed in the bill!  Eating cone seeds on a spruce tree…

Red Crossbill, male, seed in the bill, perched…

Red Crossbills, male (red), 2 females (yellow-green)

Red Crossbill, female

Red Crossbill, female on the ground

Red Crossbill, female

Red Crossbill, female

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.
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2 Responses to Red Crossbills Feeding on Cone Seeds at Grant Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on January 21, 2018

  1. Nan Wisherd says:

    The cone crop here in northwestern WI is poor this year, so I’m happy to see the crossbills thriving elsewhere. Great photos, Jim!

  2. Kurt says:

    Nicely done. Another bird I have never seen. Unfortunately one of many…

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