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Type 2 Red Crossbills on Frazier Mountain

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  • Lance Benner
    Hi Everyone,Following the recent report by Karl Krause of red crossbills on Frazier Mountain, I drove up there this morning and found ten of them drinking
    Message 1 of 1 , May 12, 2013
      Hi Everyone,Following the recent report by Karl Krause of red crossbills
      on Frazier Mountain, I drove up there this morning and found ten of them
      drinking water from a large puddle on road 8N24 2.8 miles east of the
      8N04/8N24 junction just barely inside Kern County (i.e., only slightly
      north of the Ventura/Kern County line). Roan 8N24 crosses back and
      forth across the county line over a distance of about 5 miles. The
      birds were at an altitude of about 7500 feet on the eastern side of
      Frazier Mountain in an area with extensive stands of Jeffrey Pines.I got
      a recording with an Olympus LS-10 recorder equipped with a Sennheiser
      MKE-400 short shotgun microphone, generated a sonogram with the Raven
      Lite software, and found that the birds were type 2s. Most of them were
      males, but mixed in among them was one adult female. There was also one
      immature male that had a mostly brown body with some splotches of red on
      its head and chest, strongly suggesting that the birds recently nested
      in nearby.

      To the best of my knowledge, this is the first record for type 2 red
      crossbills in Kern County and it follows up on the recent discovery of
      type 3s by Susan Steele in Ridgecrest in April.The eBird checklist
      appears below. I also uploaded the recording to the Xeno-Canto website


      Lance Benner
      Altadena, CA

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      Subject: eBird Report - Frazier Mountain road 8N24, May 12, 2013
      Date: 5/12/13 5:36:53 PM
      From: do-not-reply@...
      To: lbenner@...

      Frazier Mountain road 8N24, Kern, US-CA
      May 12, 2013 10:50 AM - 12:50 PM
      Protocol: Traveling
      5.0 mile(s)
      Comments: I made about ten stops along the full length of 8N24 and
      did point counts and then summed them.
      29 species

      Mountain Quail 4
      Turkey Vulture 13 They were soaring together and gradually drifted
      Hairy Woodpecker 3
      White-headed Woodpecker 4
      Northern Flicker 2
      Olive-sided Flycatcher 2 Identified by voice but not seen.
      Western Wood-Pewee 10
      Dusky Flycatcher 1 Identified by voice but not seen.
      Steller's Jay 8
      Clark's Nutcracker 5 identified by voice. Not seen. Vocaliztions
      Common Raven 20
      Violet-green Swallow 20
      Mountain Chickadee 12
      Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
      White-breasted Nuthatch 3
      Pygmy Nuthatch 40
      Brown Creeper 2
      Western Bluebird 12
      Green-tailed Towhee 25 Most of them were singing. Vocalizations
      Spotted Towhee 4
      Chipping Sparrow 7 Some were singing. Recorded. Also seen.
      Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) 15 Songs recorded.
      Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 5 Some were singing. Recorded.
      Western Tanager 1 Calling.
      Brown-headed Cowbird 4
      Cassin's Finch 3 Vocalizations recorded. Two were drinking from a
      puddle on the road.
      Red Crossbill (type 2) 10 Found on 8N24 2.8 miles east of the
      8N04/8N24 junction. Most of them were drinking water from a puddle on
      the road but a couple were in trees nearby. At least one was a male
      juvenile: brown body but with red on the throat and chest.

      I recorded the flight calls with an Olympus LS-10 equipped with a
      Senheiser MKE-400 short-shotgun microphone as the birds flew off. I
      generated a sonogram with Raven Lite and found that the flight calls
      were one of the most common type 2 flight calls. I've had extensive
      experience with identifying type 2 red crossbill flight calls from Los
      Angeles County, Lassen County, Santa Barbara County, and from Coconino
      County, Arizona.

      I uploaded the file to the Xeno-Canto website of worldwide bird
      vocalizations at:

      Direct link to the <a href="http://www.xeno-canto.org/133514">Audio
      Pine Siskin 2 Identified by voice.
      Lawrence's Goldfinch 2 Identified by voice. Singing. Also seen.

      View this checklist online at

      This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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