Date: 1/12/18 9:39 am
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...>
Subject: [obol] Re: 5 types of Red Crossbill on the Oregon Coast
Hi,  Doug -
Here on the coast the spruce produce some cones most years, but we have heavy crops every few years, like this year.  The last one, 4-5 year's ago we had even more crossbills than this year, but to my knowledge nobody looking (listening) for diversity of types.
I wonder whether the cumulative effects of the major fires in Alberta, BC, Washington, etc. Have destroyed wintering areas for some of the other types?

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-------- Original message --------From: "W. Douglas Robinson" <w.douglas.robinson...> Date: 1/12/18 5:56 AM (GMT-08:00) To: OBOL <obol...> Subject: [obol] 5 types of Red Crossbill on the Oregon Coast
In addition to the occurrence of White-winged Crossbills, we have had a seemingly unprecedented gathering of Red Crossbills along the Oregon Coast. In the Florence area last week, I recorded birds of types 1, 2, 3, 4 and western 10, the latter being the usual Sitka Spruce crossbill expected to be present throughout the year. Type 1 is the rarest and not often found in most of Oregon.

That’s a remarkable level of crossbill diversity.


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