Date: 2/8/20 3:01 pm From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills, etc.
I had mixed success birding Figueroa Mtn Rd and vicinity today. I birded many of the same areas others have reported from in the past few days: around the Davy Brown trailhead, from the trailhead south to Ranger Peak, the Ranger Peak conifer forest, and out E. Pinery Road about a mile.
I was lucky to see flocks of 15 and 5 Red Crossbills in quick succession from a spot about 200 meters north of the water trough where David Levasheff reported seeing crossbills a few days ago (sorry, Florence--wish you had been there). Both flocks were flying from the vicinity of the water trough, north/northwest toward the trailhead and adjacent canyon. So, like Wes, I saw a flock that appeared to be flying down the canyon where the top of the trail descends. These were the only crossbills I saw in four hours of birding. I did not see Townsend's Solitaire, Cassin's Finches, or Golden-crowned Kinglets. Red-breasted Nuthatches were common at Ranger Peak and E. Pinery Rd. I saw exactly one Mountain Chickadee maybe 0.2 miles up E. Pinery. Glad to know they aren't extinct. Nothing else more interesting than a couple of Brown Creepers along E. Pinery. Overall, not a birdy day, but it was nice to see some crossbills.
Dave Compton Santa Barbara
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