Brandon P., Jon Drummond, Lynne Miller, and 10 others
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
1/6/2018 1:30:00 PM
1/6/2018 2:13:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):
Mountain View Cemetery
Pine tree with lots of cones
Description of the Bird
Vocalization - heard call notes in flight. "choa, choa" fast and short without any pitch, rough almost scraping on sandpaper.
Visual - a heavy bird with overall pinkish appearance, two bright white thick wing bars, heavy crossed seed bill, black wings and tail, and dark lores.
Behavior - Sitting in pines with heavy cones, often found upside down removing seeds from cones. Flew to several different trees as it seemed skiddish. Once it landed on the pine with the most cones, it stayed for 15 minutes moving from branch to branch feeding.
Similar Species Discussion
Red Crossbill - eliminated due to the two white wing bars
Pine Grosbeak male - eliminated due to the crossed longer bill vs a thick shorter seed bill, the two clear thick wing bars vs thin white wing bars, the smaller size, the general shape, the black wings vs grayish on the Pine.
My experience has been more with Pine Grosbeaks and knowing it wasn't one. I've seen three male White-winged Crossbills and this was my best sighting.
Review of photos
Date Documentation Submitted
1/7/2018 8:32:00 AM
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