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Old Aug 6, 2007, 4:45 PM   #1
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nice capture don. interesting cross bill. i wonder why the special adaptation of the bill. does it eat a particular type of seed or nut?

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Those are cool, Don! Only seen those in books...until now.



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i wonder why the special adaptation of the bill. does it eat a particular type of seed or nut?

It is used for pryingapart the sections ofof pine cones to expose the seeds.



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Until this past week, I'd never seen one of these, and now they seem to be all over the place....cheers...Don

That is because they are nomadic, and wander about to find places wherethe pine seed crop is favorable.

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Great capture Don



Good to see something unusual


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Thanks Hung, VP, penolta and Jeff. Much appreciated.

Funny they'd be looking for pine seeds in our location. There are very few pine trees on the coast. Mostly inland. They seem to be hanging about in the berry bushes of which there are abundance of. Thanks for the info......cheers...Don
Perhaps a little fruit salad during post-breeding wandering is not out of order. Many birds can eatfoods other than those for which they are specialized.
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Real pleasure to see these shots. In my part of the world the red crossbill is endangered. so sightings are very rare and photos rarer.
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