wow - its probably been 3 weeks since i put any photos up. what with a busy work schedule and the crappy weather due to sandy, i've not been able to get out at all recently.
i did make it out for a while today and found these guys. they sit WAAAAYYYYY up in the tops of pine trees eating cones but a few came into reach. these use their crossed bill to get extra leverage as they pry open pine cones to extract the seeds.
gonna be an invasion year for these and other northern finches!
female white-winged crossbill
Canon EOS-1D Mark IVEF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens700mmf/6.31/2500s400 ISO+0.3 EV
male white-winged crossbill
Canon EOS-1D Mark IVEF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens700mmf/8.01/1000s400 ISO+0.3 EV