07/23/10: Ridgecrest Red Crossbill
The highlight of 5:45am-08:30am birding this morning was a red RED
CROSSBILL on a pine cone at the top of a pine tree in a grove of pine
trees on the campus of Cerro Coso Community College (situated on the
slope above the south end of Ridgecrest in eastern Kern County).
Although size is hard to determine in many, if not most, cases (It
had to have been XXX because it was so big!), this individual
appeared to be on the large end of the range in size of Red Crossbills.
Two of the resident population of several VERDINS were also detected
during thirty-five minutes of birding on a small portion of the campus.
Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
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