Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) and a squirrel

Like the red squirrels at Newborough Forest, you’ll often hear crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) before you see them. They crack open the scales of pine cones to get at the seeds within.  You’ll hear the crackling and often see bits of scale and seed falling from the trees. The birds are also quite chatty and talk to each other in a jingly way.

Crossbill male

Crossbill male – blending in well with this rather stressed pine tree

Close by, there was also a red squirrel that scampered to a safe distance to watch.

Red squirrel

 

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