Date: 10/21/17 12:47 pm From: <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Red Crossbills -- Burt, Washington, and Douglas Counties -- 10/21
This morning and early afternoon, my father and I checked a few locations in Burt, Washington, and Douglas counties. While there weren't a lot of birds around, we had a few notable sightings. At Summit Lake SRA, we found a pair of Red Crossbills in the pine trees southwest of the boat ramp and a slightly late Spotted Sandpiper was present as well. After that, we decided checked the Tekamah Cemetery and found a flock of ~20 Red Crossbills there. This flock seemed to be made up of two different call types. We then continued southward, checking a couple more cemeteries on our way. The Blair Cemetery had 1 Red Crossbill and the Fort Calhoun Cemetery was pretty quiet. Our final stop was at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha. There, we found ~25 Red Crossbills in the trees around the Scott Family plot. This group seemed to contain the same two call types as the Tekamah Cemetery group, but there may have been a third call type present as well.
I was able to audio record all of the crossbills we found today, and I am going to email them to Matt Young from Cornell University to help identify them to type.