Date: 11/10/17 7:02 am From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbill update
Just to keep folks updated, the Red Crossbill invasion to our west is continuing pretty dramatically. Western flight call Types (2, 3, 4, and in a few cases 5) are still heading east in big numbers. In the last week a few birds have started to trickle into northern Ohio, and crossbills are also filtering in to central Texas. Missouri and Kansas are overflowing with crossbills.
Here at home, crossbills were reported from the northeast part of Massachusetts in recent days. With today's dramatic weather system, I am hoping we get a few more birds.
This time of year the crossbills will prefer spruces--Red and Norway--if they are available. Massachusetts has quite a few large plantings of Norway Spruces in the western part of the state, in particular in the Windsor & Savoy areas, and also October Mountain State Forest. Norway Spruces are laden with cones in some of these areas, and well worth a look. White pines currently may hold some seed and therefore birds, and a bit later in the season pitch and red pine may play a role.