Monday, January 19, 2009

White-winged Crossbill #298

The Southwest Idaho Birders Association had a field trip out to the Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell, Idaho and they spotted a solitary White-winged Crossbill on Saturday. I was not able to attend, but their report brought birders from all over to see this rare winter visitor. I was able to go out there today, Martin Luther King Day, and met up with my father-in-law Lynn and a couple other prominent local birders.

Right away I was able to see the White-winged Crossbills feeding on pine cones near the tops of the trees in the cemetery. The folks there before me reported that they counted at least two dozen white-wings. While we checked out Golden-crowned Kinglets, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Brown Creepers, we had a flock of Red Crossbills munching on pine cones right above our heads. The Red Crossbill numbers have also increased over the last couple of days. The Treasure Valley has been experiencing an inversion and perhaps the weather is moving these birds around in mysterious ways.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was on the birding trip to Midvale on April 21, 2007. I was there mostly photographing the birds we saw, however, there were a could photos with your girls in them as well. I am presently cleaning out my hard drive and wonder if you would like those pictures before I get rid of them. I tried to contact your father-in-law back in May of 2007 through Mr. Holcolm but that did not work out. This was soon after his heart surgery so its understandable. If you would like them, please send an email address and I will send them off to you. The link to my email is: