[Tweeters] Re: Crossbills in Ellensburg

viper.bob at frontier.com viper.bob at frontier.com
Tue Mar 8 20:05:46 PST 2016

Hi Loren,I plan to go to Ellensburg in the next day or so to try photographing the WW crossbills. Where were you able to park your vehicle there without having a sticker of some sort? Since classes are going on I would expect parking to be at a premium and I'm not interested in getting a ticket or walking a mile to get to the Japanese garden. Also, what body and lens combo did you use for the images you posted? Nice pictures by the way.Bob Kothenbeutel

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:28 AM, Loren Mooney <loren.mooney at gmail.com> wrote:

The behavior on these crossbills was interesting to watch.  They would work the cones, some of them hanging upside down to feed.  They just looked like another cone in that position.  One or two would scout for the others on a tree top.  Every once in a while they would suddenly all disappear into the branches.  When they did, I'd look up and there was usually a coopers hawk or falcon flying by within a few seconds.   They'd also disappear when the crows would make an alarm call.  About 30 seconds later they'd come back out to feed. 

On Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 5:15 PM, Loren Mooney <loren.mooney at gmail.com> wrote:

I finally located the Crossbills on the CWU campus in Ellensburg this weekend.  There was a large flock of mixed reds and white-wings working the trees in the Japanese Garden and just north of the garden.  I was able to get some decent pics this morning.



Loren Mooney

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