[Bristol-Birds] Re: John Sevier Lake

Susan,
Red Crossbills are highly nomadic.  Their occurrence at most sites
depends on the availability of food (seed-bearing cones).  Last year the
cone crop was very poor at Roan Mtn., thus there have been no recent
sightings there.  In fact, other cone-seed-eating birds (like Red-br.
Nuthatch) have vacated the mountain top.  Maybe some crossbills will
appear there this summer as new cones develop (if they do this year).  A
better chance for finding crossbills now would be in the Smokies, either
at high elevation in spruce / fir forest or lower in pines.

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Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
rknight@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
-----Original Message-----
From: Susan Hubley <shubley@xxxxxxx>
To: bristol-birds <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 6:29 PM
Subject: [Bristol-Birds] John Sevier Lake


2/21/06 late afternoon highlights:

Double-crested Cormorant (5)
Great Blue Heron (7 in heronry)
American Wigeon (1 male)
Northern Shoveler (1 pair)
Gadwall (5)
American Kestrel (male) having dinner at the feeders
Ring-billed Gulls (100+)
Tree Swallows (first appearance last year 2/20/05)
Red-winged Blackbirds

2/18/06
Mike watched 2 Ospreys, one spent most of the daylight hours perched in
a tree in yard
(I was on a whirlwind four-day trip to NM for Rosy-finches)

Question: Have several NC birding friends who want to see the Red
Crossbills at Roan Mountain. Has anyone seen any lately? Anytime of the
year better than another?

Susan Hubley
Rogersville, Hawkins County



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