Black-headed Gull and White-winged Crossbills

Black-headed Gull - juvenileNovember 11:  Hammonasset State Park in Madison, CT. currently hosts a fresh juvenile Black-headed Gull.  Perhaps the most common gull species in northern Europe, this bird is only infrequently seen in North America except for Newfoundland.

White-winged CrossbillAlso this fall, the east is already seeing an unusually large number of Red-breasted Nuthatches and northern finches including Purple Finches, many Pine Siskins, some Evening Grosbeaks, and now flocks of both Red and White-winged Crossbills. A flock of some 45 White-winged Crossbills is currently foraging the heavily cone-laden pines at the west end of Hammonasset. While photographing the flock, several birds flew down to the puddles near where a group of us were standing, and one White-winged Crossbill actually landed on my head.

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