[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
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?
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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
> 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
> 2 Gilbert Lane
> Harwich Port, MA 02646
> You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus -
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