Crossbill - Båndkorsnebb
- Hvidvinget korsnæb - Kirjosiipikäpylintu -
Witbandkruisbek - Bindenkreuzschnabel -
Bec-croisé bifascié - Piquituerto Franjeado
Two-barred Crossbill are a species that irrupt every few years and head
along the Norwegian coast. In such years there are invariably a number
of sightings in Øygarden. In recent years the first
have been in late July / early August and, once on the move this
species seems to keep moving. In irruption years sporadic sightings
have generally continued throughout the summer, autumn and into the
winter. This pattern was followed during the 2002 and 2008 irruptions.
Here are the number of sightings (not individuals) in the (old)
Sometimes they hang around well into the winter and have even showed
some signs of breeding in Øygarden after irruption years.
This is a species that I don't really consider a rarity, although
always nice to see. They are almost invariably difficult to photograph
and they are almost inevitably high up in the trees and are
photographed against the light.
Male Two-barred Crossbill, Skogsøy, Øygarden,
Above and below:
Crossbill, Skogsøy, Norway, 29 July 2011