Here is a young male Crossbill with a lovely golden colour that superficially looks more like a female. You can see small patches of the adult male red colouration coming through. I see Crossbills quite frequently but they are usually high in the trees or flying over, so I was pleased to get this one sitting in the open low down in a conifer. This one seems to have a rather heavy bill to me, particularly its lower mandible, so if I had taken it in Speyside I might have assumed it was a Scottish Crossbill. But I photographed him near Holmfirth in West Yorkshire so “Scottish” is out of the question.
Taken with a Nikon D500 and a 300mm f4 lens with a 1.4x converter. 1/3200 second f7.1 ISO 1000 (25 March 2017)