White-winged Crossbill Photo Salon

By Derek Stoner, Education Program Assistant
White-winged Crossbill male.
White-winged Crossbill male.

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.

A female(top) and male White-winged Crossbill feeding on spruce seeds.
A female(top) and male White-winged Crossbill feeding on spruce seeds.
A male White-winged Crossbill grasps a spruce seed in his curved beak.
A male White-winged Crossbill grasps a spruce seed in his curved beak.
A female White-winged Crossbill feeds on snow on the ground.
A female White-winged Crossbill feeds on snow on the ground.
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. 
A male White-winged Crossbill perches after "drinking" from the snow.
A male White-winged Crossbill perches after "drinking" from the snow.
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

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  1. I enjoyed your pictures and thought you might be interested to know that the White-winged Crossbills are here now in central Michigan. I watched 12(4 males, 8 females) this morning eating from spruce cones in my backyard. Many sightings have been reported around the Bay City, Saginaw Bay area of Michigan. I’m nearby on a farm in Freeland, Michigan. Normally, we don’t see these birds here. We have also recently observed a Pileated Woodpecker and a Bald Eagle on our farm. It’s nice to see that many people enjoy observing birds like my wife and I do. Good luck!!

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