Date: 1/4/18 5:50 pm From: Robert O'Brien <baro...> Subject: [obol] Ft. Stevens Battery Russel Crossbills,
Unfortunately they were the Red Crossbill race which I have named the '*Wrong* Crossbill' I've thought about proposing it for full species recognition but unfortunately was not able to record the calls in all the wind noise. I'm sure the calls would have been distinctive.
There were about 20 in the flock and in spite of much searching yesterday, no other crossbills were found. These were feeding on Shore Pine cones, as the formerly abundant Sitka Spruce seeds appear to have been entirely dropped by now
But, the wind/waves/tides were truly spectacular. Helped out, no doubt, by the 'Supermoon' whose rising was equally spectacular on the drive home.