The White-winged Crossbill is common in Newfoundland and even breeds here year around. The male of this species is bright red and is a real "stunner." It is not unusual to see these birds on the sides of the road as they are drawn to the salt used to clear the snow and ice from the roads. Distant images of the male were posted in October 2010.
This little birds looks somewhat cuddly until the prominent crossbill, for which it is named, goes into action. I think it could inflict serious injury. With this crossbill, the bird is able to crack open seeds that it finds, and it uses it tongue to extract the seed from its casing.
There is no doubt that seeing all of these special little birds warms up the winter winds and shortens the days. A day birdwatching makes time evaporate!