My Birding Badge Has Been Revoked

If you are walking in the woods in winter and come across a section of trail freshly littered with tamarack cones…

…look up. Chances are there’s a flock of crossbills in the vicinity. Of course, if you’re me, you’ll have neglected to bring your binoculars along on your walk, and the Birdchick herself will tell you to hand in your birding badge.

For those not in the know, crossbills are very cool finches whose beaks are criss-crossed in a unique way that enables them to pry open cones to get at the seeds within, and they are especially fond of tamaracks. Oh well. Next time.