Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Anna’s Hummingbird and White-winged Crossbills

Seward, Alaska

I popped by Ava’s Place this afternoon and was lucky to find the young male ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD at the porch feeder. He flew to one of his favorite perches in a nearby tree and sang his buzzy little song. All too soon, he zoomed off. I waited hopefully for an encore, but that was that.

A young ROBIN flew in and cautiously plucked Mt Ash berries. Other than those two birds, it was very quiet at Bird Land.

Over at the Airport Road cul-de-sac I spotted 18 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS as they descended like a cloud onto a spruce top laden with cones. Tiny spruce cone seeds fluttered to the ground as the busy birds hung upside down, right-side up, and sideways, twisting the cone bracts open with their specialized, offset bills. A bright red male sang from the very top. It was great to see them, and so many! I hope they stick around; the cone crop looks inviting.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold

Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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