Certain participants of the Christmas bird count sat eagerly awaiting Tom Imhof’s tally of the American Goldfinch, so they could reveal what they expected to be the surprise write-in of the day–Red Crossbills. It was an even greater sensation than they had anticipated, for two parties reported them near Lake Purdy (one saw a flock of 30), while another party had previous sightings from the Vestavia area.
Author: Helen Thigpen
Volume Number: 22 Year Published: 1974
Issue Number: 1-2
Page Number: 8
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/1974/Vol 22 No. 1, 2_1974_p8-9.pdf
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