Curious about what has happened in the last month & rumors of Crossbills led us first to Plum Island and on to Salisbury State Park. At Salisbury we could see a pack of photographers and bird watchers, so we knew we were in the right place...but as we started to park the car, the flock of birds flew away. It was going to be a little while before I would get my first photos of Crossbills.
Thankfully, the camping area at Salisbury is loaded with low pine trees. They are currently loaded with pine cones. The Crossbills are attracted to the plentiful food source, so they are constantly flying from tree to tree and chowing down. It was only a short commute to find where they had set up their movable feast.
They seem to have little fear of humans. Many flew by me so close they almost hit me. One even landed on my flash, just inches from my face!
Most of the Crossbills were White-winged Crossbills. The males are red, while the females are a greenish color.
The last time I photographed Crossbills at Salisbury I was walking around in snow up to my knees and slipping and sliding on ice. Today was so much more enjoyable with a sunny day and temperatures close to 70 degrees.
Last time there were only White-winged Crossbills. Today mixed in the large flock of White-winged Crossbills was a smaller flock of Red Crossbills. So not only was this a banner day, but I added a new bird to my photographic "life list".