Date: 2/4/20 2:23 pm From: David Levasheff <levaweb...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Figueroa Mountain road Red Crossbills
This am between 9:30 and 10:00 we had an estimated 47 Red Crossbills at 34.72393 -119.968405.
If you google earth this you will see a tree clump on the valley side of the road which was a perching place for the birds. You will also note (in satellite view) a trough. This had a layer of water (ice when we saw it) and the birds were flying down to an in the trough to get a drink. Three groups of birds, one about 10, one about 8 and one between 35-40. This is probably a good spot due to the water availability.
We did see a group near the large parking area just before the Road closed gate, along with a large flock of Meadowlarks and a smaller flock of Western Bluebirds.
We did not see any at E. Pinery Rd.
-- David Levasheff Santa Barbara
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