Date: 5/30/18 11:35 am
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Crossbills
I heard crossbills at my house in Manning this morning, May 30. Not the sharp-sounding ones I’m used to, grew up with in Corvallis. The flight calls were loud, but two-toned and fuzzy/soft.lpn
> On May 27, 2018, at 12:20 PM, Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...> wrote:
>
> Hi -
>
> An update on crossbills on the coast:
>
> As Doug Robinson and others documented, we had not only White-winged Crossbills joining our local "Type 10" Red Crossbills but also other Red Crossbill types that are normally found inland. This seems to be a response to a major cone failure across most of the Mountain West. The majority of crossbills from those areas apparently moved east of south, but some came to the coast where we had a good crop of Sitka Spruce cones and also a crop of Shore-Pine Cones.
>
> I bring this up today because working in my yard yesterday and today (just south of the Newport Airport) I have been hearing Red Cossbills regularly. Most have sounded like the Type 10s but i have been also hearing a few groups with louder, sharper, and lower-pitched chirps, These chirps were also not as consistently given in couplets as the Type 10s seem to.
>
> So even though spring is turning to summer, this "winter" phenomenon continues, and it makes sense to notice the crossbills when you come to the coast.
>
> Wayne Hoffman
> South Beach


 
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