Continuing with the story that Joe Sebastiani shared earlier this week, I would like to share images of White-winged Crossbills that I located today near Newark, Delaware. A row of Norway Spruce trees held a large flock of these colorful and fascinating birds, fastidiously feeding on spruce seeds.
By Derek Stoner, Education Program Assistant
The area where this flock is located is known as Milford Crossroads, at the intersection of Paper Mill Road(Route 72), Possum Park Road, and Thompson Station Road. The undeveloped corner of the intersection is part of White Clay Creek State Park. A long row of spruce trees runs along the edge of the field paralleling Thompson Station Road. Look for the crossbills at the top of the trees amidst the cones, and listen for their loud “typewriter” calls.
Since the phenomenon of White-winged Crossbills appearing in our region is uncommon, this is a fantastic opportunity to observe these unique birds. Before long, they will turn north again.
If you do get to see White-winged Crossbills here in Delaware, please share your experience by posting in the comments section below. Thanks! — Derek