Prior to attending the wonderful gathering of birders celebrating the
2011 Vermont County eBird Quest, held at the Montshire Museum and hosted
by Kent McFarland, Ron Payne and I went up the West Ridge Trail of Mount
Tom seeking out the Red Crossbills.
We spent an hour, hearing the calls of the pair, and the song of the
male. With time we had a good look at the male in lusty song in bright
sunlight on the cold winter day, perched on the very tip-top spire shoot
of a tall "1905" White Pine plantation tree. At that same time Ron saw
the female with a twig in her bill -- potential nest building material
for the colorful pair.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller forest, Windsor, US-VT
Jan 22, 2012 9:48 AM - 10:51 AM
Comments: Ron Payne, Ian Worley
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Red Crossbill 2 Calling and male singing from several locations
among pines on west slope. Both observed. Female seen with a twig in
her bill -- potential nest building material.
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