Male White-winged Crossbills, winter 2013

Male White-winged Crossbill, 7 January 2013

I was excited to find a flock of these winter finches feeding on cones of Virginia Pines growing behind apartments in north Laurel, Howard County, MD.

White-winged Crossbill, 26 January 2013

Another male crossbill was feeding in the tops of spruce trees rimming the lake at Fort Ritchie in northeast Washington County, MD on January 26. The winter of 2012-13 was good for winter finches to come south. The timing was right for my retirement and a new camera.

Another White-winged Crossbill at the North Laurel spot that hosted crossbills in early January.  They returned for e few days in mid February of 2013.

Another White-winged Crossbill at the North Laurel spot that hosted crossbills in early January. They returned for e few days in mid February of 2013.

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