Date: 5/1/18 6:43 pm From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills & Norway Spruces
I have been to the Montague Sand Plains on a number of occasions in the past 3 weeks, paying particular attention to any signs of Crossbills. I haven't run into any on those visits, which isn't to stay they aren't still there.
Jeremy Coleman Shelburne Falls
On Tue, May 1, 2018 at 10:17 AM, Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> wrote:
> Hi Birders, > > I poked around some areas in Berkshire County yesterday looking for Red > Crossbills and met with pretty good success. The first stop was the big > Norway Spruce grove on Washington Mountain Road--there are clearly a lot of > crossbills there as I had them from 3 different pulloffs. Rather > interestingly, I had 4 different flight call types: 1, 2, 3, and 10. > (note there was also a Type 5 here in February). Many of these large > Norway Spruces are full of cones, and it seems likely that there will be > some nesting in these trees in the next few months, and it may be going on > now. > > Birds were also present in Windsor State Forest--again in large stands of > cone-laden Norway Spruces. There was also a flock of 6 Evening Grosbeaks > as well, a real treat for someone who hardly ever sees or hears these birds. > > It appears right now that any place with large stands of Norway Spruces > that have good cone crops could be potential locations for nesting Red > Crossbills. I would encourage observers to give these areas a look from > now through August. Some areas I know of that have this habitat are: > > --Washington Mountain Road (technically in Washington, I think) > --Windsor State Forest, Windsor > --Savoy Mountain State Forest, Savoy > --Quabbin Gates 5-8 > > Keen observers will note that the Montague crossbills are not using Norway > Spruces--they are using red and pitch pines! That habitat could also be > productive for searching. Keep in mind these birds will select ideal > habitat if it is available--large stands (hundreds of trees) abundant with > cones. > > A few checklists from yesterday; > > https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45108028 > > https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45100724 > > If anyone has any questions about habitat or searching locations, please > feel free to get in touch. This irruption is still going on and will for a > few more months! > > good birding > > Tim Spahr > Marlborough > <tspahr44...> > > > > > > >