Sunday, November 16, 2008

Search for White-winged Crossbills

November 15, 2008

Richard Stevens:

Five hours we spent searching Empire (Clear Creek County) for the White-winged Crossbills reported yesterday by Andrew Spencer; without success.

I did run into small flocks of Red Crossbills (7 and 5). A lone Eurasian Collared-Dove was observed along Sunset Avenue.

Twice flocks (or the same flock) of 12+ Rosy Finches flew overhead. They consisted of Brown-capped and Gray-crowned Rosy Finches; no Black Rosy Finches were picked out of the flock.

On the way home I stopped at Standley Lake to look for the Lesser Black-backed Gulls reported yesterday. At sunset half the California Gulls looked like Lesser Black-backed Gulls. I never identified a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

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