We'd be to the area Kevin told us he got them and all we heard at first were the nuthatch's so got back in the car figuring they were travelling along Coldbrook road so figured we'd get lucky and meet up with them along the way but would decide to turn around about a mile or so as we weren't getting any birds at all so headed back. It would be then we'd hear the chatter call of the Red Crossbills and see a couple of them land in some high pine trees which made getting photos and good looks at them close to impossible!
And after hearing the Red-breasted Nuthatches again it wouldn't take us long to hear the crossbills and they'd land close by and in a BARE TREE much to our delight.
All I can say is this bird species is swoon worthy. I remember the first year I started birding and shorebirds, gulls, etc were never a thought as I was captivated by small songbirds with boreal birds being my biggest fascination given the fact I got into birding in November and the Pine Siskins were out in full force so spent many nights with my Peterson guide oohing and aahing over all of the beauties. The crossbills in particular transfixed me with their odd shaped bills and pretty colors so it was a treat to add another northern finch to my modest but growing list. I'm really hoping they stick around this winter as it will definitely warm my heart on a cold winters day to see these birds through out the season.
Needless to say, I didn't head back out to Barre myself afterwards for the Black Vulture with the storms we were foretasted to get (in fact, we'd be caught in a down pour in Oakham on the way back home). I'm now hoping the chance of rain tomorrow morning will keep the vultures in trees first thing in the morning so I can get the Black Vulture closer to home rather than heading out to Barre again as my Millbury life birds are always my favorites!
Take care all.