Red Crossbill Followup

This morning, Deb Kral, Aimee LaBarr, Maha Katnani, Arlene Borko and I searched the conifer forests surrounding the Rondout Reservoir for the Red Crossbills I had found yesterday. We had no luck in the area where I had seen them. We went to several nearby areas. On Muhlig Road, near a large stand of Red Pine, Deb initially heard the crossbills. She alerted us to the birds coming in. Two large green finches flew directly overhead, cross the road and flew off into a dense and vast expanse of forest. I only heard chip calls as the birds flew over, but Deb was sure they had been calling on their way in, which is what alerted her to their presence. That was the only sighting today. This is a vast area, and these birds could be present and go undetected. If anyone is interested, continue to check these stands of pines and hopefully you will come across these birds.

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