Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Female crossbill

A male white-winged crossbill on Jan. 9 in New Buffalo Township.

A flock of white-winged crossbills was reported on Jan. 9 in New Buffalo Township by Jackie Jensen of Union Pier.

White-winged crossbills are a species of finch that inhabit the northern coniferous forests of Canada and northern U.S. during the summer months. In winter, they irrupt southward regularly, albeit in small numbers, into the Upper Peninsula and portions of the northern Lower Peninsula.

Male crossbill

A male white-winged crossbill on Jan. 9 in New Buffalo Township.

Deer jump

White-tailed deer forage for food in the backyard of Bob and Pat Conrad of Lincoln Township on Jan. 6. White-tailed deer can jump a standard four foot fence with little effort.

Cardinal

A male northern cardinal earlier this month in Van Buren County.

Jonathan Wuepper is an area naturalist. Report your sightings to him at wuepperj@gmail.com.