This pic is total crap, but crossbills! They are real! In Tilden! I got great looks thanks to fellow birder with an epic Zeiss scope. This couple came up to us while we were scoping and Zeiss dude told them we were looking at crossbills. The guy in the couple started freaking out. "No way. No WAY. NO WAYY!!!" Zeiss dude thought the guy was having him on. "You don't actually care, do you," he said, crestfallen, to which the guy replied, "No no I really do! I'm a biologist! I was almost going to bring my binoculars today!" Totally hilarious. I thought the guy was joking too. Lesson: don't doubt a birder's birder cred just because he's not holding binos.
Didn't see the Green-tailed Towhee that's supposed to be up there too, but I did see numerous people looking for it.
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