[wisb] Re: ALERT: RED CROSSBILLS FOREST BEACH MIGRATORY PRESERVE

I had a Red Crossbill fly over my house around 9:30am this morning. I thought I 
was hearing things.

Steven Lubahn
Cudahy
Milw. Co


On Aug 11, 2012, at 3:11 PM, Joan Sommer wrote:

> Hello, 
> 
> Yes, I am not punking you! 
> 
> Marilyn Bontly and I were at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve today between 
> 10:30 and 11am. On Lake Church Rd, far west side of the preserve. 
> 
> I saw a bunch of red birds flitting around in a pine and hollered, Purple 
> Finches. Then we both said, those don't sound right. We looked again and they 
> were really really red. Way redder than a purple finch would ever be.They 
> were moving around so much that it was difficult to get a look at the bills. 
> There were really red birds and yellowish birds. Not sure but I also thought 
> there were immatures too.
> 
> I got a very good look at a female that sat still for a moment and it was 
> yellowish in front and had a brownish back. 
> 
> The birds flew off in a flock and circled around and came back and sat for a 
> minute or two on the back of a deciduous tree where we couldn't see them but 
> could hear them. From there, they took off and flew east. 
> 
> I listened to the song when I got home and was convinced that was what we 
> saw. Unbelievable as it might be! 
> 
> We didn't have time to chase after them to relocate BUT Marilyn got a call 
> from Mike Wanger who was/is birding at FBMP this afternoon and he 
> independently found the same flock (I assume the same flock) due east of 
> where we had seen them. I don't know how many he had but he found them 
> working the top of a pine that was loaded with cones. North of the clubhouse 
> and the parking lot. 
> 
> So, 12-15, possibly 20 RED CROSSBILLS at FBMP today….August 11th! WOW!
> 
> Joan Sommer
> N. Ozaukee County
> 
> 
> 
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