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Photos of the day: December 16-31, 2020

Every day on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, we share a photo of the day — a superb image from more than 20,000 pictures in our Reader Galleries. The shots we selected in the second half of December 2020 included a portrait of a Red-bellied Woodpecker, images of both crossbill species, and a “posing” Cooper’s Hawk. 

Visit our galleries to submit your photos and gain inspiration from the BirdWatching community.

White-winged Crossbill by David Mundy

White-winged Crossbill  by David Mundy

White-winged Crossbills and Red Crossbills are among the so-called winter finches that make irregular movements in winter in search of good cone crops. We’re witnessing an irruption of winter finches this winter, including grosbeaks, crossbills, and siskins. White-winged Crossbill has been reported as far south as North Carolina while Red has been seen as far south as Alabama. David Mundy spotted this White-winged Crossbill at Fish Creek Park in Calgary, Alberta, in 2017.

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