[CT Birds] White-winged Crossbills

ls.broker ls.broker at cox.net
Mon Jan 5 14:28:36 EST 2009

 From Steve Broker (Cheshire):
1/5/09 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park, West Beach pines (12:25 -  
12:30 P.M.) -- 20 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS (a mix of adult females and  
1st year males with several adult males).  Six hop and skip foraging  
bouts in five minutes, with steady progression westward.  At 12:25,  
the flock flew in and landed on one of the single pines toward the  
beach, east of the walkway.  Stop 2, a pine in the grove east of the  
walkway.  Stop 3, a pine in the grove west of the walkway, closer to  
parking lot.  Stop 4, a pine further west and closer to beach.  Stop  
5, to the grove's pine furthest to the west.  Then, flight over the  
marsh and stop 6 in a single pine on elevated land out in the marsh.   
Departure to the west and out of sight at 12:30 P.M..  Lunch on the fly!

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