I saw these birds several times during the winter of 2012-2013 but they’ve been absent since. This morning as I returned from a hike around the agricultural fields (mountain bluebird & vesper sparrow) I noted a colorful red crossbill in my locust tree. I grabbed my camera and got some good enough shots.
Also seen in my yard was the local bed-breasted nuthatch, 5 American robins, 12 Pine Siskins and lots of freeloaders.
The temperature got down to 26F this morning.