Sunday, July 7, 2013

Red Crossbills (Type 1) on Prescott

Red Crossbill, Prescott Peninsula, July 7, 2013

Red Crossbill, Prescott Peninsula, July 7, 2013
Swamp Sparrow, Prescott Peninsula, July 7, 2013
I spent the first part of the morning on Prescott Peninsula conducting bird surveys of the various fields located there.  I managed to check several fields despite the large numbers of mosquitoes and deer flies that made just being outside the car an adventure all by itself!  Nothing too unusual with the fields but did confirm additional breeding by field habitat species.  The species of the day was at least two Red Crossbills that I found on the upper part of the peninsula and managed to get a couple of distant photos as well as a short video before they took off to parts unknown.  I will send the video off to Matt Young at Cornell to see what specific type of Red Crossbill was present today.  ** Matt Young has confirmed the type as Type 1** I have been trying to find this species on the peninsula again as I had them there in spring and other researchers had them there within the last month.  The species has bred here before and is likely doing so again.  The Prescott Peninsula is one of the only places in the state that Red Crossbills breed.

The only large mammal of the day was an adult Eastern Coyote seen from a distance.  No sign of the three pups I had here a few days ago.

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