22 February 2013

On this day (February 22nd)

Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill

February 22nd 2009.


A couple of male Crossbills in the park near my flat 4 years ago today.


2009 was a bumper year for Crossbills in south Hokkaido. I've seen then before and since but never in such numbers as that spring...............they were everywhere in town and very tame too. The 2 shots above are hardly even cropped.

I saw a few crossbills in town earlier this winter but they seem to have moved on. I checked around town this week for likely looking spots but the weather has been just awful and not only were there no crossbills there was nothing at all of any note whatsoever.............

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5 comments:

  1. Crossbills are such colourful birds. I dare say they make short work of pine nuts!!

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  2. That head-on shot is the business. Never seen one that shows the crossbill so well. I have never been near a crossbil since the bad old digiscoping days!

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    1. Hi Stuart, I was lucky that year because they often favoured low pine trees (there were so many birds they ate the seeds higher up first I guess). By April they were on the ground with some allowing approach of up to 1 or 2 metres!

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  3. Fab to see the Crossbills up-close-and-personal like this !

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    1. Hi John, shame there aren't any around at the moment.......

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