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Bird Identification: A crossbill in Iowa?

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Fayette, IA
(Zone 4b)

June 8, 2013
6:49 PM

Post #9551504

I've seen glimpses of this bird on the sunflower seeds and wondered - from the back - if it was a female goldfinch. Today I got a better look, and it's definitely not. The bill is distinctive, and the only match I can find is a female red crossbill. But the range maps don't show it this far south or east by a long ways. Nor do they show an area of migration. What do you think?

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Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2013
7:47 AM

Post #9551952

Yes, it looks like it to me. They have been seen in Iowa before, but most often in the winter.

I would suggest you contact the Iowa Ornithologists' Union to let them know of your find, if you wish The contact button is on this page.

If you lived a little closer, I'd be tempted to go your way to see this bird. :)


United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 9, 2013
2:06 PM

Post #9552476

Yep, female Red Crossbill.

Likely a cone crop failure in their normal areas has forced them away to search for other food sources, crossbills are very nomadic in response to cone crop variations.


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