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 Post subject: Another ID, please
Post Posted: May 14, 2018 10:23 am 
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These are common at my feeder. I'm sure everybody knows what this is except me. Merlin was no help, and neither was my book.

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Post Posted: May 14, 2018 10:27 am 
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camt see the beak, are they crossbills?


males are red and females are yellow

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red_Crossbill/id


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Post Posted: May 14, 2018 10:33 am 
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I haven't noticed a cross bill-like beak. I don't think so.

Maybe a House Finch, but the color is more orange-red than rosy.


ETA: on a side note - my first Tanager just showed up!! :jumping:

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Post Posted: May 14, 2018 10:47 am 
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Probably Pine Grosbeaks


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No, I also have those and the colors are silimar, but these are smaller, more finch-like. I put one of my Pine Grosbeaks as my avatar.

Maybe they are Cross-bills. They took off for now but will be back later today. I'll take a closer look at the beak and try to take a photo.

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Red Crossbills

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They sure look like Red Cross-bills to me.
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Not taking a closer look at the beaks confused me. You would think that it's very noticeable, but not this time. lol I was too distracted by the color.

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Love your reply and certainly resemble it. It's hard to look for and then remember the bill and the tail and check for wing bars and color and size, etc. when I'm excited about what I'm seeing. :multi:

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It's nice to know I'm not alone! :lol:

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I find the crossbills to be somewhat skittish, maybe they have a complex?
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I am so so envious of the birds that visit many of you. I never see any of these varieties although I did have some grosbeak last year. I am NO bird expert but I keep my bird book very handy. All we see are finches, chickadees and stellar jays and not even all that many of the latter. Oh, and LOADS of hummingbirds. Swarmed with them last summer. So, I am wondering if it is something about our natural environment ( which we can’t do a whole lot about) or something about how things are set up here. Does a hustle bustle household keep birds away? We have three dogs and usually a visiting dog. Big dogs are Dobermans and they could care less about birds. Small dogs are Pugs and they could care less. We have two VERY SAVVY young cats ( adopted them as barn cats)and although they would love to hunt birds, they are much more interested in killing mice. As of right now, I have two feeders with black oiled sunflower seeds in them, two hummingbird feeders ( will put out more when they swarm the feeders) and I just bought a simple feeder at Wild Birds Unlimited ( was next door for lunch and couldn’t help myself to go in and buy something) that houses these varieties of discs that are caked with nuts, berries, meal worms, etc. it has been up for about a week. Very little activity so far. I’m open to suggestions on how to attract more. We live on Chickadee Lane ( ha ha, lots of chickadees)in Burland. Open to all suggestions. I haven’t seen a tanager since my last trip to New Mexico. Thank you,


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