Mystery bird – what is this little guy?

We’ve had some pretty birds visiting our feeder this spring. Take a look at this one. My best guess for this, based on the Birds of Seattle book, is Purple Finch. But it doesn’t look quite right. Notice the overlapping beak and the yellow splashes. What do you think?

Update: I’ve been looking at bird sites and think it might be a Red Crossbill. Agree?

Mystery bird

Mystery bird

Mystery bird

Mystery bird

Mystery bird

Mystery bird

Update 5/6: Confirmed! My mother-in-law Muriel confirmed that this is a Red Crossbill. Here’s one more picture from their visit to our feeder again today.

Red Crossbill

Red Crossbill



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3 Responses to Mystery bird – what is this little guy?

  1. kitsapfg says:

    I think you may have figured it out. He does look like a crossbeak finch – not as big or stocky as the link you provided would suggest but perhaps this is a youngster?

  2. I think I’ve become the official birdfeeder photographer. I’m sure there will be more photos coming – hopefully we’ll get some woodpeckers soon.

  3. Hi Sandy, we’ve had some of these at our feeder too! We were equally puzzled, especially because there seemed to be 2 different crossbills: one red like yours and one bright yellow. With a little research, we discovered that the male crossbill is red, but the female is yellow! What a pretty couple they are.

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