Crossbills often visit roadsides for grit to keep their gizzards
functioning.  The first crossbill I ever encountered was a roadkill
(Red Crossbill).

Bruce Parfitt
Johnson, VT

--- Paula Gills <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Had a Common Raven enjoy a big fat dead gray squirrel in the
> backyard 
> yesterday--they are nesting near our house.  Also, while taking a
> walk 
> on Frost Rd. in Northfield, I discovered a dead WW Crossbill who 
> collided with a car, apparently.  I have seen these birds once
> before in 
> this same spot--also during a good cone crop year. 
> Paula Gills
> Brookfield

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