Type 2 Red Crossbills on Frazier Mountain
- 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
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
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Subject: eBird Report - Frazier Mountain road 8N24, May 12, 2013
Date: 5/12/13 5:36:53 PM
Frazier Mountain road 8N24, Kern, US-CA
May 12, 2013 10:50 AM - 12:50 PM
Comments: I made about ten stops along the full length of 8N24 and
did point counts and then summed them.
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
I uploaded the file to the Xeno-Canto website of worldwide bird
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)