Funny, I've had the same experience in the past ... stopping to examine a
road killed crossbill only to find another living crossbill nearby,
apparently keeping close watch over its dead friend. Have many others had
this experience? One other thing that I've noticed is that small road
killed birds in the winter often don't remain on the road for very long
because ravens frequently patrol the road corridors specifically looking for
such attractive food items.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rodney Olsen" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 6:53 PM
Subject: Red Crossbill
> Thursday February 20, 2003
> I stopped for roadkill at the jct. of Prindle and Bean Rd. in Charlotte.
> It was a smallish bird and I thought it may be a Waxwing of some kind. It
> turned out to be an adult female Red Crossbill. As I picked it up,
> another female up in the trees began flying back and forth calling in what
> seemed to be an attempt to make me leave. Have there been reports of Red
> Crossbills this year (I haven't seen another winter finch yet this year).
> Rodney Olsen