Date: 3/12/18 2:42 pm From: Willow Cedar via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Fw: RFI - Briery Branch Gap Red Crossbills
________________________________ From: Willow Cedar <runningquick444...> Sent: March 12, 2018 5:38 PM To: Howard Wu Subject: Re: [Va-bird] RFI - Briery Branch Gap Red Crossbills
Hey Howard, like you point out this is the most reliable spot I know of for these birds. Best times are morning before foot traffic/vehicles. They will be on the ground but then get startled farther back onto the fire roads on the weekend when jeeps and campers come back. Also learned their alarm call which you can hear as you walk along and find them that way too.
________________________________ From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Howard Wu via va-bird <va-bird...> Sent: March 12, 2018 9:56:31 AM To: <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] RFI - Briery Branch Gap Red Crossbills
I only became aware of this subspecies of Red Crossbills recently through this mailing list and eBird. They seem a fascinating bird! Unlike the irruptive Red Crossbills, they are actually breeding in the Appalachians (I am sure you already know this).
It seems that Briery Branch Gap is a reliable place to observe them. I have the geo location from eBird, but does anyone have any more information -- how to get there, which spot(s) these birds are most reliably observed at, etc.?