Date: 11/5/17 10:55 am
From: <0000008df5d69958-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: The Irony of Crossbills
I know in Brighton Co Near Denver there was a late hard freeze in spring 2016. I know it hit and hurt a lot of trees.I assume that front? Affected Ks also.
Dan Larson

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> On Nov 5, 2017, at 12:20 PM, Mark Keller <markrat61...> wrote:
>
> With not wit 😊
>
>> On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 12:19 PM Mark Keller <markrat61...> wrote:
>>
>> Chuck I have noticed the same situation wit pine cones in NWKS. I have
>> found zero trees with mature pine cones.
>>
>>> On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 12:07 PM Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Jaye and I spent some time walking yet another location with pines around
>>> Milford Lake today and saw exactly zero crossbills. I've continued paying
>>> close attention to the trees for the presence or absence of pine cones and
>>> was again greeted by trees with very few pine cones. I always suggest to
>>> beginning birders that to find birds you have to follow the food.
>>>
>>> The widespread appearance of Red Crossbills, over the past month, has
>>> caused a lot of excitement for some and frustration to others. The irony
>>> in
>>> this, to me, is that we as a birding community are getting all excited on
>>> a
>>> species that is highly dependent on a plant community that isn't even
>>> native
>>> to Kansas. That's right, Kansas is the only state in the Union that has NO
>>> native pine trees.
>>>
>>> Back to follow the food - Pines generally take 2 years to produce mature
>>> pine
>>> cones (rarely three years). Therefore the pine cones that I'm NOT seeing
>>> would have come from flowers that bloomed in the spring of 2016. I did
>>> notice a fair number of immature cones on some of the trees. I suspect
>>> that,
>>> at least in this local area, some weather event in the spring of 2016
>>> caused
>>> flowers to not successfully be pollinated. (Now a bunch of you are
>>> running to
>>> Google "pine flowers".) Pollination/blooming failure is often caused by
>>> untimely freezes but can also be caused by drought and/or heat stress.
>>>
>>> I spent a little bit of time this weekend putting together a map showing
>>> where
>>> in Kansas Red Crossbills have been reported this fall and on what date
>>> they
>>> were first reported. This map is at:
>>> http://ksbirds.org/kos/Crossbills17_18.htm
>>>
>>> When you look at this map you'll see an area of the Flint Hills and north
>>> central Kansas that is devoid of reports as well as the Red Hills region
>>> and
>>> north and northwest Kansas. These could simply be devoid due to lack of
>>> coverage, but I know a lot of folks in the Manhattan/Junction City area
>>> that
>>> have been studiously looking!
>>>
>>> This irruption is being noted in other states as well and I'm quite
>>> certain that
>>> other counties will be added to this map before it's all said and done.
>>>
>>> Chuck
>>>
>>>
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