Finally got some crossbill pics

Drew Weber|

After reading a good reminder that this crossbill irruption we are experiencing now probably won’t happen for years, I decided I would finally try to actually photograph some. It was pretty easy finding a feeding flock along Golf Rd at Lancaster County Central Park. The light made it a little difficult to get good shots but some did come out alright. The most interesting sighting was a young male with a lot of orangey color. I have seen a few very bright yellow crossbills, but none with this orange color.

People have been reporting less White-winged Crossbills in the last and some have speculated that they have started heading north. This may be true but the last two places I have checked are still hopping with crossbills. Weather should start pushing them north soon, but it is possible that some crossbills will stick around to breed if they find some suitable habitat. Be on the lookout!

About the Author

Drew Weber


Drew is the founder and editor of Nemesis Bird and now works to curate some of the best content the web has to offer on birding and ornithology from an energetic crew of ornithologists, field researchers, tour leaders and photographers. Drew is originally from PA but now lives in central New York where he is enjoying the long and snowy winters. He has done various bird jobs including bird surveys for the 2nd PA Breeding Bird Atlas, tracked saw-whet owls from dusk to dawn with Scott Weidensaul and counted hawks for several years for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Drew is an avid lister, especially on smaller scales, and enjoys adding new birds to county, state and life lists. He also enjoys digiscoping and making apps for birders. He is Project Coordinator for the Merlin Project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is also project manager for the North American Rare Bird Alert.

  • Cool photos! This really has been an extraordinary year for crossbills.