Cache Creek, Merrit, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos, Grand Forks
By borg2
#34676
I am not a birder. At our place in silver Star Mountain a number of birds(about 15) have been in the trees outside the window. They are red bodies, red heads and black/brown wings. Never seen before. Mid winter, lots of snow. they are quite big almost as big as the Stellars Jay that are also there. I believe they look like the Vermillion flycatcher. Apparently if they are they are not supposed to be this far North. they have appeared for the past 2 weeks almost daily. took me forever to try to identify them as did not think of word 'vermillion"/ hope it is spelled right. Is it possible that these are the birds, sorry no pictures.
By Birder2000
#34684
Or Purple Finch, or House Finch?

It would be a shock to see a Vermillion Flycatcher this far north, never mind 15. Also, there are very small, not near the size of a Steller's Jay. This is a Vermillion Flycatcher:

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I hope this helps! :)
By borg2
#34686
rawalker wrote:Could they be pine grosbeaks, red crossbills, or white-winged crossbills?

Randy - Langley
rawalker wrote:Could they be pine grosbeaks, red crossbills, or white-winged crossbills?

Randy - Langley
thanks for your reply.
I think from pictures that this is a Red Crossbill. Makes more sense to this area. Although have not seen them in the past.
they are not as brilliant red as pictures of the vermillion flycatchers.
By borg2
#34687
Thank you so much for your picture, definitely not as red your pic. It has been suggested that it might be a Red Crossbill and I assume that it is.. Looking at pictures of them. Very interesting to have so many and not have seen them before.

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