Date: 11/14/20 9:15 am From: William \(Will\) Schenck via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Northern Madness II, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL +
Salisbury and Canaan — the same 3 young birders (myself, Nic Main, and Preston Lust) as went to Riga last weekend made our way up to the northwest corner again to see what could be found. It was Northern Madness the Sequel!! Mt Riga was very quiet, with only one goldfinch and one finch that we initially tentatively identified as Pine Grosbeak, but seems, with what happened later, more likely to be White-winged Crossbill.
After extensive scouting online and discussion (thanks, Peter DeGennaro!) we decided to hit Great Mountain Forest along Canaan Mountain Rd as our next spot. In the spruces behind the field behind the administrative office came a flock of 5 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, the first in the state this year and a lifer for me! These birds called a lot and perched briefly, giving Nic the chance to take some great pics which will be on eBird tonight. There was also one RED CROSSBILL in the very same area which afforded great views in the scope and recordings. Also a small flyover flock of EVENING GROSBEAKS, many (~6) AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, but otherwise was quiet.
My exhortation from my last email is carried over even more strongly. The Northwest is an Eden!