Date: 2/8/20 3:26 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills, etc.
Has anyone made a sound recording of these Red Crossbills so that we can
geek out about the type? Lehman has only this on this topic:
> “Most Red Crossbills are presumed to be “Type 2” birds, although there is
little direct hard evidence.”


On Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 3:01 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60...> wrote:

> 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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