Red Crossbills - Flagstaff
25 Nov 2010, 10:56 PM,
Red Crossbills - Flagstaff
My wife Jean & I are new to AZ, living in Chinle. A friend suggested I submit a sighting, even tho' it is 12 days old: on 11/13/10, while birding in Flagstaff on Woody Mtn Rd near the entrance to the Arboretum, saw a flock of about 30 red crossbills, males, females & immatures, staying high up in the pines on the opposite side of the road. Life bird for us.


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26 Nov 2010, 7:17 AM,
Thanks for posting. I also ran into a flock of crossbills this week, on the road out to Ashurst Lake. Since moving to Flagstaff I've only run into crossbill flocks a handful of times, so I still get excited when I see them. The group on the road to Ashurst was coming down to a small roadside puddle to drink, so I was treated to great views of them hanging out on the ground. There were some enormous flocks of siskins around as well, one with 100+ birds, which is about as big as I've ever seen.

26 Nov 2010, 7:36 AM,
[rquote=10413&tid=4709&author=jperch]My wife Jean & I are new to AZ, living in Chinle.

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27 Nov 2010, 12:11 PM,
Glad to read your report. Aren't those crossbills are lovely birds! Since learning their call, I catch them flying by more often than I see them close up. Let us know what's happening in the Chinle area too. You're in an interesting corner of AZ for birding.

Consider adding to the Great Backyard Bird Count in February. A local birder has logged them since 2005,;year=2010.

For a good reference, check you're area libraries for the book, "Birding on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations" by Brad Jacobs, 1986. There are 2 copies at the Flagstaff Library, one for check out.

I may be in Chinle this winter visiting science at local schools. I'll send you a U2U (click on u2u under your name in the upper right of this Forum window).


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