[Tweeters] White-winged Crossbills

Chris Charlesworth c_charlesworth23 at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 24 21:27:43 PST 2004


My grandparents reported White-Winged Crossbills at their birdbath in 
Kelowna a couple of weeks ago. They are not birders, and White-winged 
Crossbills are awfully rare in the valley bottom so I said, they must be 
bright finches, maybe Pine Grosbeaks. I asked them to try to get a picture 
and tonight when they arrived for rum and eggnogs they brought with them 
gifts! No not frankinsense and Thick-billed Murre, but a photo of a stunning 
male White-winged Crossbill at the birdbath! Just goes to show that you 
never can disregard reports of rare birds without a little thought. They 
live in the Ranch Park trailer park in the Ellison area along Old Vernon 
Road. Apparently the birds (about 4) are fairly regular in the trailer park 
so anyone wanting to look there should do so.

Merry Christmas Everyone,

Chris Charlesworth

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