Date: 10/17/18 11:00 am
From: Judy & Don <9waterfall9...>
Subject: Re: Red Crossbill Strikes Back
What a beautiful report, Anant. And also thanks for your diligence, Pooja, Joe, and Anant.

J

On Oct 17, 2018, at 12:48 PM, Anant Deshwal <adeshwal...> wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
>
> Red Crossbills, Where have you been? Last seen in June. Have they all gone back? What is happening? Well in this Red Crossbills Saga we are back with exciting news!
>
> Since June 24th we have been wanting Red Crossbills. Our thirst to see them grew every day. We were getting absence data, but deep in our hearts, we knew that Crossbills were still around. Yesterday, Joe, David, Pooja and I set out in our HMS Beagle towards Shores Lake to search for Red Crossbills. Fall Migration is starting too, and yes, it did keep distracting us. I will get to Fall Migration in a bit. Like Joe would say you just don't see a Crossbill you earn them and sure enough, we earned these birds yesterday. Braving the heatwave with the temperature of 43 F 😉. We searched all possible locations around Shores lake from 8:30 am to 12 am and guess what just as we were getting ready to leave we heard the holy grail sound… Chip Chip... Chip Chip… no, they are not Goldfinches… the carry in the sound and resonance made them stand out…Yes!!! There are Crossbills in Arkansas even now. Irruptive Migration is long over. Pooja flipped her recorder on, and we etched those calls for eternity. My gut feeling was that they were all Type 2s but guess what…
>
> There were Types 2s and … There were a few Type 4s in there too… What are you guys doing here??? Type 4s to begin with you are not supposed to be in Arkansas and y’all had returned back to Pacific NW long time ago... What is going on?
>
> Now for what was going on since June 24 with “Crossbills in Arkansas”:
>
> Butch, Pooja and I have been trying to color band Red Crossbills in Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. We chose Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area as it was one of the areas with high probability of finding Red Crossbills. Let alone mist-netting Red Crossbills, we were not even able to spot them there. We were getting disappointing results day after day. It may seem unimportant or boring, but we were getting essential data- Absence Data. To be able to quantify our data more robustly, Butch, Pooja and I set up Automatic Recording Units in Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Pooja and I are still going through the recordings to confirm the absence data. Pooja and I were also exploring other locations hoping to listen to them.
>
> Fall Migration was keeping the excitement level high. Winter Wren quietly hoping around in shrubbery was a fantastic FOS. Brown Creeper's high-frequency call gave them away, and yes they were FOS too… Orange-crowned Warbler and Roadrunner definitely took a piece of the cake. Towhee, Sapsuckers, Hermit Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, multiple Harriers flying overhead, Osprey, Pine Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Pine Siskin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Junco among others kept us entertained on the day where Crossbills ruled our hearts and soul.
>
> Anant Deshwal
> Ph.D. Candidate
> Department of Biological Sciences
> University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
> http://thegreenergrassblade.blogspot.com/
>


 
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