Just returned from a presentation about Siberia in Konstanz. Thank you very much for the invitation and the feedback =)
There are quite a lot Common Crossbills in the Black Forest in southern Germany this year. I spent some time in the field, trying to get sound recordings of them for my PhD.
These little creatures are breeding right at the moment between all the wind, ice and snow. They are doing this, as their typical food ressource – seeds of Norway Spruce – is soon easily accessible. When it gets a little bit warmer, cones open and then food is wating for the Crossbills.
I tried to photograph them next to a road, where they regularly licked salt from. Wating was shortened by a nice Coal Tit.
Finally the Crossbills approached – not exactly where I hoped them to perch – but I was pleased with the outcome.