The name red crossbills aptly describes the male birds, who indeed resemble a strongly colored red house finch with a peculiar bill shape with curved, crossed tips. The female birds are yellow instead of red but they share the crossed bill characteristic, which I was fortunate enough to see. Take care standing beneath these birds, however. While there are always good reasons not to stand underneath birds, when the red crossbills are feeding they are clumsy and falling pine cones are plentiful. They use their specialized bills to dig deeply into the cones and extract the seeds, but they're just as likely to drop the cone onto unwary birders as they are to enjoy a tasty morsel.
As exciting as it is to add another postively identified species to my life list, it is also a joy to be in any location with as much birding life. Black capped chickadees, Canada geese, mallards, and gulls are all regular residents in Liberty Park, and I hope to become an even more frequent guest to their backyard, even as all birds are welcome to become guests in mine.