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White-winged crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) discovered by Geoff (#7836)

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Observed: February 5, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
Posted on: February 5, 2016 @ 4:47 PM (diff: 0 days)

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By Tclenche on 2/5/2016 6:23:53 PM

great sighting and photo!

By Geoff on 2/5/2016 8:22:34 PM


I just read in my Birds of Newfoundland field guide, that this local variety of the species was put on the endangered list in 2004, and sightings are fairly rare. Anyone know if this is still the case, and whether they are still on the endangered list?

By sam on 2/6/2016 8:36:33 PM

Yeah, great sighting. the only bird book of nl birds that I have is, "the Birds of Newfoundland, 1951 by Roger Tory Peterson". I don't know that book Birds of Newfoundland field guide you mentioned in your comments. I'll have to find and get that book.

By Tclenche on 2/6/2016 9:10:55 PM

very interesting. I just got out my field guide to read it for myself. I have seen Red Crossbills here several times over the years, at my mother's feeders or stripping trees of dogberries and cones.

By Geoff on 2/7/2016 11:13:46 AM

Sadly...After going back and looking at the quick handful of frames I shot, before they flew off, I suspect they might be examples of the much more common white-winged crossbill. The male doesn't look rusty-coloured enough, and I can see a flash of white on the wings in the frame I grabbed as they were flying away. BTW, Sam... The Birds of Newfoundland Field Guide I have is by Warkentin and Newton, and the ISBN is 9780980914429. It uses Roger Tory Peterson's beautiful hand-painted plates, instead of photos.

By sam on 2/7/2016 8:59:50 PM

Thanks, Geoff, for the reply. also for the info on the field guide. much appreciated.

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