Sunday, February 26, 2012

Crossbills and a Hummingbird

Yesterday, I made the drive up to Fort Wayne with Ryan Sanderson to see a Rufous Hummingbird that has been wintering at a private residence. It was cold and windy when we arrived but that did not seem to bother the hummingbird one bit! It made its first appearance at the feeder within minutes of us arriving and came back many times during the hour we were there.
This is how you keep a hummingbird happy in Indiana in the winter.
Rufous Hummingbird on a perch
Another shot of the Rufous perched
Rufous Hummingbird at its favorite feeder

Although there had not been any reports of White-winged Crossbills recently at Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, we had some extra time and thought we would check it out. We were pretty surprised when we ran into a large flock of them shortly after getting to the property. We setup our camera in an area where we thought we could get the best light and waited for the crossbills to work their way over to us. They paid little attention to us, at times getting as close as 20 feet or less. When they finally flew away, what we thought was about 16 crossbills, turned into about 30!

A shot of the back of a male White-winged Crossbill. I had never noticed the pattern of black and red stripes on the back before.

A male White-winged Crossbill

A female White-winged Crossbill

1 comment:

Gene Vermillion said...

Very nice photographs. some great sightings.