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Red Crossbills specialize in feeding on Pine Cones. They divide up into wandering populations with distinctive call-notes. These call-types do not map neatly onto described subspecies partly because these nomads have no fixed home breeding range. I made a voice recording which has been identified by experts as type 5 which is the same type we had in the area last year. You can hear the calls in the video. This is often called the "Lodgepole Pine Crossbill" although they also occur in Douglas Fir. There has been a die-off of Lodgepole Pine in the intermountain west which might account for these birds being here at this time.
Location
Skylawn Memorial Cemetery, Half Moon Bay, California, USA
Date taken
30 November 2021
Scientific name
Loxia curvirostra
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A super video that Joe - what a lovely group to come across.

Many thanks for sharing it with us my friend.
 
please forgive my lack of understanding in the bird world but, Why a crossed bill? it seems to me that would make things more difficult for this little fellow.
 
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please forgive my lack of understanding in the bird world but, Why a crossed bill? it seems to me that would make things more difficult for this little fellow.
They use the crossed bill tip to break open pine cone bracts to extract the seeds that are otherwise difficult to get at.
 

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