Date: 10/7/17 11:36 pm From: Anant Deshwal <adeshwal...> Subject: Red Crossbills at Shores Lake
Joe Neal, Joan Reynolds, Pooja Panwar and I were on a mission to record the vocalizations of Red Crossbills. Continuous rain forced us to take shelter near Shores Lake recreational area, where we met Sandy Berger and Cheryl Childers Here we were greeted by 1 immature and 2 adult Bald-headed Eagle, 1 Great-blue Heron, 1 Least Sandpiper, 9 Blue-winged Teals and 1 Pileated Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Chickadee, Eastern Phoebe and Killdeer.
Once the rains stopped we headed to the Shortleaf Pine stand along the ridge and found 3 crossbills along highway 215 (0.3 miles south of intersection of 215 and county road 75 that goes down to Shores Lake). Pooja and I were able to record their vocalizations. Karen Holliday and her group joined us and had an amazing view of the crossbills feeding on the pine cones.
Driving further down 215, we stopped at various probable sites to observe crossbills but we found 2 Broad-winged hawks, 2 hairy woodpeckers, 2 Sharp-shinned hawks, 2 Red-shouldered hawks, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Osprey, 10 Pine Warblers, 1 adult Bald-headed Eagle and Blue Jays.
Joan also found a yellow goldenrod crab spider feeding on a fly atop a goldenrod flower.