Steve (of Recycled Photons) and I spent Sunday birding New Jersey’s North Shore. For birders, the North Shore is a series of freshwater pond, river inlets, and oceanside parks extending southward from Sandy Hook to the Manasquan River inlet. We had great luck chasing down several winter rarities, including this Red Crossbill. I photographed this fellow and his companion at a small oceanside park. According to Cornell University’s All About Birds website, the Red Crossbill ”is a stocky finch dependent on the seed cones of mature coniferous forests. Its peculiar bill allows it to access the seeds that are its main food”. Steve and I saw both Red and White-winged Crossbills on Sunday, along with several other bird species, and I was able to get some decent shots of this guy. Steve has other photos on his blog that you should check out, including photos of the White-winged Crossbill.
Sea Girt Lighthouse is on the North Shore route and I snapped this photo for Tammy as Steve and I were head out for birding along the beach. It’s relatively small for an oceanfront lighthouse, but I thought you might like it.