Two-barred Crossbill is a very rare species in Japan.
It is observed once a few years in Hokkaido.
But it is lucky year in this season, many Two-barred Crossbills were observed around Hokkaido: Sapporo, Teuri-island, Kitami, northern Hokkaido, and Hakodate. At least over 20 individuals were observed in Hokkaido in this season.
Especially flock of Kitami was very tame to human, I went to see them to Kitami and photo of them very short distance.
To tell the true, I organized cruise in Tomakomai this day, but the weather was bad, so I canceled the cruise and moved to Kitami the distance from my home about 300Km.
At first, I heard the flock containing 4 males, but one individual striked to glass.
When I went to the site, more one individual decreased.
Kitami, Hokkaido. 3rd/Apr/2011.