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Singing in January

Krossnefur – Common Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra – young male

I found some Common Crossbills on my walk in Grímsnes, South Iceland, last week. One male was already singing. In the last few years the Common Crossbills have started breeding in spruce and pine forests in February although it is still winter.

Common Crossbill – female

It will be interesting to see if this will also be the case this winter. We will be keeping an eye on them.

Common Crossbill – male

Crossbills always attract attention

Today we had six Common Crossbills or  Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra)  in the garden, both males and females. In the last year they have become regular guests here in our garden.

Krossnefur – Common Crossbill /Red Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra (female)

These colorurful birds always attract our attention when they turn up. The photoes were taken yesterday, March 12.

Krossnefur – Common Crossbill /Red Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra (male)

Crossbills in search of food

It continued to snow today and more and more birds visit the garden in search of food. Today we had 8 Common Crossbills, or Red Crossbills as they are called in USA.

Crossbills, Redpolls and a Snow Bunting on the feeder
Common Crossbill / Red Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra – female
Common Crossbill / Red Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra – male

These are photoes from today.

The Common Crossbill has started courting

Despite the cold  and the snow the Common Crossbill has started wooing. In South Iceland they start breeding in February and the chicks hatch in March.

Krossnefur – Common Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra

The Common Crossbills are nothing less than spectacular when they sit in the top of a  spruce or pine tree . Their colours match beautifully with the green of the treees, the snow and the blue sky.

The photo of this pair was taken February 2, in Grímsnes, South Iceland.

Today’s garden birds

In the lack of daylight in the last few weeks photographing birds in the garden has been difficult. Now the days are getting longer and it’s easier to get good photoes.  Today I managed to take two rather nice photoes, if I say so myself, of a Common Crossbill and a Redpoll.

Auðnutittlingur – Redpoll – Carduelis flammea

The birdlife in the garden has been very lively today.
This is a list of today’s birds:

  • Merlin (smyrill) 2
  • Sparrowhawk (sparrhaukur) 1
  • Blackbird (svartþröstur) 6
  • Redwing (skógarþröstur) 3
  • Raven (hrafn) 3
  • Starling (stari) 50
  • Robin (glóbrystingur) 1
  • Chaffinch (bókfinka) 5
  • Redpoll (auðnutittlingur) 30
  • Common Crossbill (krossnefur) 3
  • Snow Bunting (snjótittlingur) 50
Krossnefur – Common Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra

For further information on the garden birds:

2 days to Christmas

Krossnefur – Common Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra

We found this Common Crossbill, or Red Crossbill as they are called in USA,  in the top a Pine tree, silhouetted against a beautifully bright blue sky. There is nothing common about its bright orange colour  but the Crossbill comes in colours ranging from yellow to red.

The Crossbill’s favourite food is seeds from Spruce and Pine cones. In the latter part of the last century Spruce and Pine trees have been planted and are now in full growth in many places throughout the country.

13 days to Christmas

Krossnefur – Common Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra

It’s 13 days to Christmas and this Common Crossbill in its yellow colours is so beautiful in the snow. The Common Crossbill is well adapted to the cold winter and you can almost say that it is nesting time all year round for them.  This is probably a female bird rather than a yellow male. Males are more often in orange-red colours.

Common Crossbill


Common Crossbills are new breeding birds in Iceland.  New spruce and pine forests are growing fast in many places in Iceland and are now big enough to be a habitat for some new settlers like the Crossbills.
They are regular birds in my garden and I feed them on sunflower seeds. This pair was in a group of seven Crossbills coming to the feeding place this beautiful Sunday morning.