[Tweeters] Nomadic Finch Patrol

Thomas Hahn tphahn at ucdavis.edu
Thu Jul 2 16:08:19 PDT 2015

Several groups of Type 3 (littlest form) red crossbills along Queets River, Olympic Peninsula, on Sunday 28 June, between Olympic National Park campground and Streator boat launch downstream.

Numerous Type 1 (Pacific NW variety) evening grosbeaks near Hugo Lake (along Forest Road 21 south of Packwood, WA) on Tuesday 30 June. A very few Type 2 (Sierra Nevada / southern Cascades variety) evening grosbeaks as well. This is noteworthy as I’ve only observed this variety in Washington State once before (same general vicinity, but south of Mount Adams, at least 10 years ago). Also numerous small groups (singletons up to about 3 or 4 birds) of Type 3 red crossbills moving through the area. Pine siskins also common.

Numerous Type 1 and a few Type 2 evening grosbeaks on north side of Bethel Ridge along Forest Road 1500 (which goes roughly from highway 410 over to highway 12) on Tuesday 30 June and Wednesday 1 July. Also Type 3 (small) and 4 (medium sized) red crossbills moving through the area, and Type 4s seen trying out new Engelmann spruce cones already. A couple of Type 2 (large) red crossbills at Devils Table (also along road 1500). Good cone crops on Engelmann spruce at higher elevations, and on Douglas-fir. Cone crop nil on ponderosa pine. Siskins in moderate numbers throughout the area.

Tom Hahn

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