Sunday, May 24, 2009

Red Crossbill near the Oregon Coast

Today I happened to be in Pacific City, Oregon, and noticed a small flock of Red Crossbills working on the cones in some young Lodgepole Pine trees growing just a few hundred yards from the beach. Of the eight different forms of Red Crossbill identified in North America, I assume that this one is of the Type 3 group, also designated by some experts as the Sitka Crossbill. It is found mainly between the Cascade Mts. and the coast. Since this one is so yellow, rather than red, it must be a female or perhaps a young male.


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