[Tweeters] Ellensburg White-winged Crossbills

Carol Riddell cariddellwa at gmail.com
Sun Jan 31 14:52:05 PST 2016

I took inspiration from Walter Szeliga's post about his observation of the 10 White-winged Crossbills in spruce trees near the Central Washington University library on Friday. I arrived today and at 11 a.m. started my three-hour walk around campus and up Craig's Hill. It has been sunny and pleasant, near 30 degrees, with no wind. I did not find either species of crossbill but decided to drive slowly around Craig's Hill before giving up. At 2:15 p.m., at the corner of 3rd & Maple, four WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS flew into the top of a spruce in the yard of a white house with black shutters. I was able to park, get out and get my binoculars on them to confirm two adult males and two adult females. As I reached into the car for my camera, they flew off to the west. There are suitable trees on the west side of Chestnut but they may well favor Craig's Hill.

Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA

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