10 February 2017

On this day (February 10th)............

February 10th 2014.

A male Common Crossbill in Hakodate 3 years ago today. There was a big invasion of this species in late winter/early spring that year: they were everywhere in town.

I see them pretty much every year but I've only witnessed 2 big invasions in the time I've been doing this blog: in 2009 and in 2014. I wonder what 2017 will bring?


  1. Crossbills are wonderful birds to see. We are overdue for an irruption year here. Two-barred Crossbills are always the most common, Red Crossbills quite rare.

    1. Hi David, it's the other way round here. Two Barred Crossbills are very scarce in Japan...........


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