White-winged Crossbill 

Loxia leucoptera

There are four records of this accidental and attractive finch from the Pribilofs. The first individual was found on August 9, 1920. The second was on Saint George in the “late fall or winter” of 1949. The third and fourth occurred on Saint Paul, on June 22, 1985 and on July 23, 2003. The 2003 bird was found feeding on Nootka Lupine seeds above the town’s water tower. As these records do not seem to indicate much of a pattern assumed that this species could show up any time in summer, fall or possibly even winter. Crossbills are an irruptive species, and in years where there are large-scale failures in cone crops across Alaska this species can be expected to wander widely in search of food. In all ages White-winged Crossbills can be separated from their slightly more common relative, the Red Crossbill, by the presence of two thick white wingbars. One specimen taken at Gambell was thought to belong to the Russian subspecies leucoptera. All other specimen records seem to pertain to the Alaskan breeding subspecies.