|White-winged Crossbill, Spruce Run Reservoir, 2013.|
According to Medieval accounts, one bird, the crossbill, got it's unusual crossed beak by trying to pry the nails from the hands of Jesus as he hung on the cross. And his blood stained the birds red.
So it's just a legend. The reality has more to do with millions of generations of crossbills specializing on prying the seeds out of pine and spruce cones. But it's a fun connection, just the same, and one I remember every time I am fortunate enough to see some of these fantastic birds.
Happy Easter everyone!