Date: 1/30/18 9:06 pm From: pooja panwar <ppanwar...> Subject: Update on Red Crossbills
Following Cheryl Hall's facebook post on Red Crossbills at her backyard feeder and water baths in Bella Vista, Joe Neal, Joe Woolbright, Jackie Woolbright and I went to look at the crossbills and record their calls. Shortleaf pines running along the ridges around Cheryl's house explained the presence of Crossbills. In first 15 minutes, a pair of crossbills came to the water bath. Soon, 7-8 of Red crossbills descended from the pine trees just across the road, giving ample time for observing them, recordings their chip-chip calls and for Joe's photography. We will analyze the calls and have update you on type of Red Crossbill. As put by Joe Neal, it was one of easiest bird "stake outs". One thing is for sure, Anant Deshwal would not be getting any sleep on missing such good looks and recordings of Crossbills. Other notable species at her backyard feeders were a Red-Breasted Nuthatch, a Prairie warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker , Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Bluebird and Dark-eyed Juncos.
Its a great way to look at Red Crossbills this close. Master naturalist and watercolorist Cheryl Hall graciously welcomes any bird watchers. If you are planning to visit, please contact her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.hall.5458.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Warm Regards Pooja Panwar PhD Student Department of Biological Sciences University of Arkansas, Fayetteville