[Tweeters] More White-Winged Crossbills (Snohomish Co.)

Josh Adams xjoshx at gmail.com
Sun Aug 15 16:02:38 PDT 2021

Hi Tweets,
I hiked to Lake Janus, north of Stevens Pass, this morning. About 1/3mi
before the lake I heard a faint, intriguing song coming from well off the
trail so I bushwhacked a bit and found a male White-Winged Crossbill
singing from the top of a spruce tree. Later at the far end of the lake I
had another singing male and later flushed a male and female from the
ground for fantastic looks and photos. I've had my ears open for this
species on every hike I've taken in the last decade, but this is the first
time I've actually come across them (and only the second time I've actually
seen this species).

Red Crossbills were incredibly abundant with small flocks flying over
almost constantly with lots of singing. I got brief looks at an American
Three-Toed Woodpecker before it retreated to the inaccessible woods to
frustrate me with occasional drums. There were tons of migrants feeding in
the willows around the lake, but the only species of (possible) note were
two empids that I haven't come to a certain ID on.

Here's the eBird list for the day, with some photos:

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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