A small population of Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra; call type 2, verified by j. Groth) totaling between 11 and 20 birds, including several breeding pairs, was observed between June 1998 and May 1999 at two sites five miles (8 km) apart in Cleburne County in northeast Alabama. The first site, where seven crossbills were first discovered on 4 June 1998, was an open seed tree forest on private land 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of the small rural community of Oak Level. The second site, where a pair was found feeding fledglings on 26 October 1998, was in the Shoal Creek District of the Talladega National Forest. The elevation of the two sites averaged 1,100 feet (335 m). Ninety trips were made to the two study sites between 26 October 1998 and 19 May 1999, 82 to the Talladega National Forest and eight to the Oak Level site. Six other trips were made to the Oak Level site between 4 and 21 June 1998.
Author: Bill Summerour
Volume Number: 46 Year Published: 2000
Issue Number: 1
Page Number: 1
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/2000/Vol 46 No. 1_2000_p3-5.pdf
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