Date: 10/28/17 12:22 pm From: Gene Rothgery <erothgery...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: Re: IBET Red Crossbills at Morton Arboretum
Glad to hear they finally have returned to the area
I plan to be there tomorrow morning
On Oct 28, 2017, at 1:55 PM, douglas stotz <dfstotz...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
I went out to Morton Arboretum this morning in search of crossbills. I focused my attention on the west side. I found a group of 4 female plumaged birds in larches just west of Lake Marmo. At about 10:30, I was looking at a large group of Pine Siskins when I heard the crossbills north of me. I approached them from the south and saw them in the top of a larch, as I tried to slip around to the east of get a better view they took off and flew to the northwest, where there are many more conifers. I heard them calling in that area for a couple of more minutes.
Besides the crossbills, I had huge numbers of siskins in the vicinity of Lake Marmo and Hemlock Hill. My estimated high count was 185 in sight at one time, easily the most I have ever had in Illinois at one time. But I suspect there were many more birds around. Just hard to tell when I saw a new group of siskins whether they were birds I had already seen or new birds Other conifer birds included 5 Purple Finches and 7 Red-breasted Nuthatches.
I checked Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside for crossbills as I have had them there in other flight years. Not a very thorough check, but no crossbills or siskins. The pines there do not have much in the way of cones, so may not hold crossbills, if they do show up in the cemetery.
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