This is a beautiful species of winter finch that shows up in our region irregularly during the winter. It has a really neat "crossed" bill that helps it pry open conifer cones such as hemlock and spruce. This bird was hanging around with some House Finches at this feeder.
The bird finally returned to the feeder and I got a few closer photos.
I quickly stopped at Columbia Lake but only had time to quickly look at the gulls out on the ice before the bitter wind forced me back to the car. I did see a single Glaucous Gull among a Great Black-backed Gull, numerous Herring Gulls and a couple Ring-billed Gulls. Can you spot the white Glaucous Gull in the photo below?
|Glaucous Gull- middle top|