[CT Birds] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Wellfleet crossbills

Kfinnan at aol.com Kfinnan at aol.com
Wed Dec 12 07:02:34 EST 2012

Makes me wonder if it's going to be primarily a coastal phenomenon.   Last 
Crossbills for me here in NW CT were back in September.  With CBCs  coming 
up, Crossbills in numbers, not to mention Pine Grosbeaks and  Redpolls, would 
be great!
Kevin Finnan
In a message dated 12/12/2012 5:34:47 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
petermgreen at hotmail.com writes:

Here's  some info to think about pertinent to the crossbill numbers we've 
been seeing  in CT. Can anyone supply data for CT?

Tina Green
Sent  from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Blair Nikula  <odenews at odenews.org>
> Date: December 11, 2012, 9:42:37 PM  EST
> To: Massbird <Massbird at world.std.com>,  "capecodbirds at yahoogroups.com" 
<capecodbirds at yahoogroups.com>
>  Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wellfleet crossbills
> Reply-To: Blair Nikula  <odenews at odenews.org>
> This is a belated post, but I,  too, found lots of crossbills in 
Wellfleet on Sunday (12/9).  There were  at least 150 White-wingeds at Indian Neck, 
mostly foraging in, and on the  ground around, the Japanese black pines.  I 
could find no Reds here and  only a single Common Redpoll.  Later, at the 
Marconi site, mostly in the  vicinity of the park headquarters building, I saw 
another 125+ White-wingeds,  4 Reds, and 175+ redpolls (one flock of 100+). 
 Unfortunately, most of  the redpolls were seen in flight only, so I didn't 
have much opportunity to  look for potential Hoaries.
> There seems to have been  significant influx of crossbills, at least here 
on the Cape, over the past  week or so (and redpolls too). Though there 
were good numbers around earlier,  they seem to be just about everywhere now.  
I've been to Indian Neck a  couple of times previously over the past month, 
specifically looking for  crossbills, without finding a single one.  And 
ditto Marconi.
> This crossbill flight is of historical proportions - unprecedented in  my 
40+ years of birding.  To put in in some perspective, the high count  for 
White-winged Crossbill on the Cape Cod CBC (going back to 1930!) was 204  
birds in 1963; the second highest count was just 12 birds!  And the  species 
has been recorded only 10 times in the 80 years.  Red Crossbills  have been 
somewhat more numerous, at least historically, having been recorded  17 times 
with a high count of 479 birds (also in 1963).  However, the  last time a 
Red was recorded on the Cape Cod CBC was in 1977!
>  So, it's unlikely most of us will ever see anything like this again in 
our  lifetimes.  And don't assume these birds will be around all winter.   
They may be, but that's far from guaranteed.  Most of the many siskins  that 
were around a month or two ago have moved on (at least here on the Cape),  as 
have the much smaller numbers of Evening Grosbeaks.  So make the most  of 
it while it lasts.
> Blair Nikula
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