Date: 10/12/17 9:58 pm
From: Daniel Mason <millipede1977...>
A couple of my kids and I went down to see the type 2's that were there
earlier this year.  Great life bird.  I find it interesting and mildly
exciting that there's something different there now but can't really
afford to drive down to see them this time.  Wish I had a pine forest in
my backyard though.  Only have a few pine trees here.  not enough to
attract the line lovers.
The following popped up on Ebird this morning which is quite a
coincidence after reading this.  I only read a little and skimmed as
it's long but I think many people will find it quite interesting and
worth the time.

On 10/12/2017 7:38 AM, Joseph Neal wrote:
> Red Crossbill business in Arkansas is booming. Audio files collected
> October 7, 2017, in the Shortleaf Pine forest in Ozark National Forest
> just south of Shores Lake confirm the three Red Crossbills seen by
> many of us that day were Type 1, Appalachian Crossbills.
> Files were collected by UA-Fayetteville graduate students Pooja Panwar
> and Anant Deshwal. They were sent to Matthew A. Young at Cornell for
> audio analysis, including identification as to type.**Based upon the
> recordings, he confirmed the birds seen on October 7 were Type 1 and
> that the recordings included what he termed “begging chittoos,” of a
> fledgling crossbill photographed that day.
> Bottom line: appears Appalachian Crossbills nested in the Ozark NF
> this year.
> Some of you may recall Red Crossbills were found in the same general
> area March 4, 2017, by Bill Beall and Jim Neiting. Joan Reynolds
> photographed a fledgling crossbill there on the following day that was
> being fed by an adult (March 5, 2017). Anant and Pooja followed up on
> March 8, 2017, collecting sound recordings that were also sent for
> analysis to Matt Young. He confirmed presence of Type 2, Ponderosa
> Pine Crossbills.
> With a young crossbill being fed out of the nest in March 2017, it
> appears Ponderosa Pine Crossbills may also have nested in the area in
> 2017.
> What all of this has in common is native Shortleaf Pine and long time
> Arkansas birder Bill Beall. Bill is a native of Fort Smith, but for
> many years he has owned a vacation cabin at Fern near Shores Lake. He
> has kept track of both crossbills and Brown-headed Nuthatches. Of
> course these nuthatches are common in central and southern Arkansas,
> but disappeared from most of the Ozarks and southern Missouri with
> rapid removal of original pine forests. Thus, presence of these
> nuthatches in the Ozarks around Fern is relatively unique. We know
> about them because of Bill. For several years he has been leading
> Brown-headed Nuthatch-focused field trips for Northwest Arkansas
> Audubon Society, putting more eyeballs in the pine woods.
> US Forest Service management in the Shores Lake-Fern area favors the
> crossbill business. This is because they are thinning these forests,
> opening them up, removing some trees, but leaving others. This
> management encourages growth in the residual trees and encourages
> those trees to produce more cones. The cones produce seeds that plant
> future pine forests. Lots of cones are attractive to you know who …
> pine seed consumers like Red Crossbills.
> Finally, I’d like to give a well-deserved shout-out to our own Bill
> Holimon, chief of research and inventory at Arkansas Natural Heritage
> Commission. During my Forest Service years encouraged me to record
> vocalizations of Red Crossbills in the Shortleaf Pine forests of Ozark
> National Forest. From his own years as a graduate student, he
> understood why we would need these recordings.
> Pine forests in Arkansas are extensive. Recordings of Red Crossbills
> are few. There is much more to learn about them in The Natural State.

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