Date: 2/25/18 12:39 pm From: Joseph C. Neal <joeneal...> Subject: RED CROSSBILLS AND FLOWERING HAZELNUTS AT HOBBS
After a week of rain, a really remarkable day: calm, sunny, temperature in the mid-50s by late morning. We found 15 or perhaps as many as 25 Red Crossbills this morning at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. They were frequenting mature cone-rich shortleaf pines along old county Road A, or Van Hollow Road, off Highway 303, about 2 miles NW of the visitor center. They sounded like Call Type 2 (the large-billed form, Ponderosa Pine Crossbill). Along the same road: Hazelnut shrubs in full bloom, with both male catkins and red female flowers. Pine Warblers were numerous and singing all along the road, first time I have heard them this spring.