May 17, 2009

Crossbills and Ripped-Up Cars

Some red crossbills have been around this spring--they appear erratically hereabouts.

One was in the sunflower-seed feeder on Friday, crunching away.

Saturday I was in a vehicle-extrication class down in Florence, helping to rip up some junked cars with various amazingly powerful hydraulic rescue tools.

And every time I watched the cutter crunch through a B-pillar, I thought of the crossbill's "odd bill shape" -- although maybe a giant parrot would be an equally good comparison.

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