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Crossbills Cross Paths at Ohio Feeder

March 29, 2012

Have you ever had a crossbill at your feeder? How about both species of crossbills? At once? FeederWatcher Kathy Garber of Hudson, Ohio was lucky enough to have just that! Kathy had an immature male White-winged Crossbill and a female Red Crossbill hanging out in her yard and visiting her feeders for a few weeks earlier this month and was able to snap a few photos of the unlikely pair.

Photo by Kathy Garber of Hudson, OH

White-winged Crossbills are rare in Ohio. The conditions for Red Crossbills have to be just right – with a cone crop that suits the birds’ appetite. So, to have both birds at one feeder is quite unusual!

Photo by Kathy Garber of Hudson, OH

We sure wish Kathy would share her crossbills with the rest of us!

Photo by Kathy Garber of Hudson, OH

Learn more about Red Crossbills and White-winged Crossbills over at All About Birds.

  1. March 29, 2012 5:46 pm

    Lucky me!

  2. March 30, 2012 9:47 am

    I’ll be keeping an eye out! Thanks for sharing Kathy!

    • April 4, 2012 6:43 am

      Thanks Kelly! Now if I could only attract some orioles into the yard. I’ve never had any luck with them, or bluebirds for that matter.

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    April 1, 2012 4:39 pm

    That must have been a nice treat. So great you got a photo to share. Ginny H.

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