Thursday, 5 January 2017

Crossbills in North Wales

Freezing cold temperatures and a sunny blue sky meant that I just had to go birding today and Crossbills were to be the main target bird. So I set the alarm for 7:00am and it was off to an undisclosed location in North Wales at the crack of 9:30am.


The male birds are a stunning red-orange colour and the females are a more drab yellowy-grey. But both have these extraordinary and very distinctive bills with crossed mandibles which are specially adapted for extracting the seeds from conifer pine cones.




1 comment:

  1. My first Crossbill photo in this post has just been awarded a 'Notable' on BirdGuides.

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