Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Red Crossbill, Loxia curvirostra
One – female
West Feliciana Parish Home of George and Karen Fay, 12200 Star Hill Trace, St. Francisville, LA 70775.
January 13, 2012
12:20-12:40 PM CST.
Jay V. Huner
Boyce, LA 71409
Several – David Patton, Richard Gibbons, Curtis Sorrell, Mac Meyers, E. Liffman, and others.
Mary Mehaffey and Susan Patton.
Excellent. Bird in light shade below canopy.
Zeiss, 10 x 40 binoculars.
Upscale suburban yard in hilly, piney woods habitat.
Bird was in the company of a mixed flock of songbirds dominated by American Goldfinches. It landed in a small – 30’ tall – tree in backyard adjacent to open area with seed feeders. It then moved back and forth from the tree to the feeder to feed on sunflower seeds several times.
A smallish songbird about the same size as accompanying House Finches. Very distinct crossed bill. Overall grayish green in color - darker above lighter below. White angle clear in wing.
Heard 4-5 distinct notes before bird actually seen. These were consistent with playback after leaving site.
I know of no similar species with which this bird could be confused.
Photographs previously sent to Paul Conover.
I saw a single male Red Crossbill in Oregon some years ago.
“01-13-12. ~ 12:20-12:40 PM. Female Red Crossbill. Overal grayish yellow green. Greenish haed, grayist throat, grayish back and tale, Greenish-yellow flanks, Whitis angle in wing. Distinct crossed black bill. Call heard clearly about 12:10 PM. C. Sorrell, M. Meyers, E. Liffman, D. Patton, R. Gibbons. D. Patton haerd response to playback made on street ~ 50 yards from feeders where bird encountered.