Hammond's or Dusky? I just don't know. And I don't know their individual voices well enough to tell. That is something I need to become more familiar with, I guess. (It isn't either one actually. Thanks to a tip from another blogger, I have come to realize this was actually a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Not a life bird for me, but one I haven't seen in quite a while.)
We've been having more snow, and more cold weather the past few days. It's made me want to hunker down inside. And because of that, I haven't been out much except on a few walks here and there through the neighborhood. Hence I haven't seen too many new birds this past month.
However, the highlight of the one trip I did go on was a nice flock of Red Crossbills. I got two lousy pictures of them, one better than the other posted here. These were a first for me.
I'm sure I wouldn't even had noticed these that day, except they were the bird I was looking for, having been alerted to their presence in Liberty Park by a fellow blogger. And the bird lists I follow had been mentioning these and White-winged Crossbills quite a lot lately.
The next day at work, I just happened to pass by the window that looks out to our feeders and took a quick look at a very serendipitous moment. There, right in front of me, were three White-winged Crossbills. Another first. Not just for me, but as far as I know, for the park as well.