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

  2. Would like to photograph some crossbills Has anyone seen some in north wales yet


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