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    Red Bird on Starr King today

    I think it was Crossbill. Steve Smith had mentioned earlier this week they were in the area this year. The spruces in the woods are loaded with cones. I was up at the viewpoint and there was one around but the Gray Jays made sure they controlled the area for begging. First time I ever saw one in winter in my 30 years of hiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    I think it was Crossbill. Steve Smith had mentioned earlier this week they were in the area this year. The spruces in the woods are loaded with cones. I was up at the viewpoint and there was one around but the Gray Jays made sure they controlled the area for begging. First time I ever saw one in winter in my 30 years of hiking.
    Are they not around every year? Used to see them quite often on the summit of Loon. But haven't had a pass there for a few years now.



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    Great shots. Not being a skier I guess I missed out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJoe View Post
    Are they not around every year? Used to see them quite often on the summit of Loon. But haven't had a pass there for a few years now.

    White-winged crossbills by the white bars on the wings (red crossbills don't have these bars.) Yellow bird in the picture is a female, the red ones are males. See https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/...d_Crossbill/id for more info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iAmKrzys View Post
    White-winged crossbills by the white bars on the wings (red crossbills don't have these bars.) Yellow bird in the picture is a female, the red ones are males. See https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/...d_Crossbill/id for more info.
    I like taking photos of birds when I can but don't know a whole lot. Thanks for the info. Birds seem to be like cars, so many variations of every model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJoe View Post
    I like taking photos of birds when I can but don't know a whole lot. Thanks for the info. Birds seem to be like cars, so many variations of every model.
    If you get a descent picture you are 95% of the way to determine the bird species. There is an excellent phone app called Merlin that can tell you what kind of bird you have in your photo. For tough to tell cases like poor lighting, out-of-focus shots, wired angle, or some species of raptors that are hard to tell apart there is a great Facebook group called "What's this bird?" and I usually get a reply within few minutes for pictures I post there.

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    What a neat bird! Excellent call Krzys. I don't think I've ever seen any Crossbill. You can certainly see how they got their name.
    https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/...nged-crossbill

    Joe, great photos as always.
    Last edited by Grey J; 02-19-2020 at 10:27 AM.
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    Nice article in the Bangor Daily about the major increase in bird population in the Maine woods https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/...ear-heres-why/

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