My ornithologist sister told me that this is a male crossbill. While eating my bagel just feet away, I marveled at his lack of shyness and unique qualities. I found out that their odd bills are useful for removing seeds from cones. They start at the bottom of a cone, and spiral upward, opening each scale and removing the seeds with their tongues. Corey put out bird seed last week and we have had hundreds of visitors.
This post reminds me that last week Ansel exclaimed, "I wish I was a bird." Of course, I immediately assumed that his next statement would have something to do with the freedom and thrill of flying in the air. Instead, he continued with, "I would love to sit on a wire."