[Tweeters] Ellensburg White-winged Crossbills
walter.szeliga at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 14:46:04 PST 2016
After weeks of chasing them down, I’ve finally got good looks at the flock of 10-ish White-winged Crossbills in Ellensburg (5 male/5 female). The birds have been spotted along 2nd and 3rd St. near Craig’s Hill (east of Chestnut St.) since just before Christmas. I’ve heard and seen non-Red Crossbills nearly everyday on my walk to work, but have had trouble with time, weather, lack-of-binoculars, etc and haven’t gotten that definitive look. Well, today (1/29) they were on excellent display in the ornamental Colorado Blue Spruces on the CWU campus just east of the library. There are many soft-coned conifers between campus and Craig’s Hill, so a good long walk should turn up either this flock of White-wingeds, or the slightly larger flock of type-3 Crossbills that have been here all Winter.
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