Date: 5/9/18 7:19 am From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juvenile Red Crossbills; Evening Grosbeaks (Windsor & Savoy)
I poked around Norway Spruce groves in Windsor and Savoy again yesterday, and managed to find over a dozen Red Crossbills and a few Evening Grosbeaks. Crossbills were present in Windsor Sate Forest and Savoy Mountain State Forest. In the checklists below, I've put the pins exactly where I had crossbills. Note I looked at every good stand of Norway Spruces I could find, so I hit lots of individual spots.
Each group of crossbills I encountered had at least one juvenile. Pretty exciting stuff! I doubt I can claim 'confirmed breeding' in these locations as finches are notorious for long flights when soon out of the nest.
In addition to the crossbills, the warbler show was fantastic, including an adult male Cape May that got within a few feet while I was recording crossbills.
As always, if anyone has questions, please reply off list. I have a few more good-looking Norway Spruce stands out there I'd love to check in the coming months.