Red Crossbills… chomping on seaweed???

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Red Crossbill (juvenile) | Bec-croisé des sapins | Loxia curvirostra: It’s true! I first spotted these birds on their favourite perches, namely pine trees, but then saw them land on the rocks in front of the beach. When I approached these rather tame birds, I noticed they were chomping away on the seaweeds. I guess Sibley was right when he said that they are “strongly attracted to salt!”

Taken on Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver, BC, Canada with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (both photos: ISO 400, 300mm, f/6.3, 1/1600, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

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