As I drove back toward the middle entrance I noticed a few spruce seeds floating by in the light breeze, and thought that I'd need to see more in order to find any crossbills. But I looked up into the backlit trees lining the entrance and saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch working a batch of cones. It was only then that I saw a bright red male White-winged Crossbill just a few feet away working on its own batch of cones. Opening the roof of the Escape I pointed the D300 and Sigma 400 mm f/5.6 and took a number of frames (~30) of the bird before it moved out into the open. It paused briefly for a few photos before continuing on it way, flying to the opposite side of the tree.
I then pulled out onto Tyler Rd. and watched it, plus a 2nd male, feed approximately 20 feet above me. With the sun now at my back I was able to fire off another few photos (~150 - I love this camera!) of the feeding birds before the two males followed 4 other birds that flushed from the top of the spruce.
All of them flew toward the Visteon entrance, and my attempts to relocate them failed. So after a few more passes w/o any birds, I headed for home. My encounter lasted maybe 5 minutes, but I was thrilled to get a some keeper images of a bird I may never see this far south again!