Date: 1/4/18 5:26 am From: Mark Lockwood <mwlockwood402...> Subject: [texbirds] Red Crossbills in Marfa
I tried to send a message on about these birds on Friday, but a glitch on Outlook made that impossible. There is a flock of Red Crossbills in the Marfa Cemetery that frequent the arborvitae trees that along US 90 on the south side of the cemetery between the two entrance gates. They seem to be easiest to find before 10:00 AM. There were 21 on Friday, eight on Saturday, and 12 today. I am confident that they are Type 3 birds, but I have not sent the recording that I have made to Matt Young for confirmation.
These are the first Type 3 birds I have encountered in Texas (that I know of). I have placed four images of these birds on my Flickr page for those interested. Despite the reported differences in bill morphology between types, am not sure they can be separated from a Type 2 bird visually. There are two images of Type 2 birds taken in Dell City lower on my Flickr page as well.