Monday, January 19, 2009

Fwd: Moscow White-winged Crossbill & Pine Grobseaks, 1/19/09

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From: Charles Swift <>
Date: Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 7:44 PM
Subject: Moscow White-winged Crossbill & Pine Grobseaks, 1/19/09
To: inland birders <>
Cc: IBLE <>, David Trochlell <>

Hi All -

Along the lines of other reports, I found a female White-winged Crossbill on the east side Moscow this afternoon. It was at the top of a spruce tree near the intersection of Homestead & Moore Street in the Ft Russell district of Moscow (east side of town north of East City Park). After I got a good look at its wing bars It flew off to the west. I initially heard the harsh jip notes and suspected WW Crossbill and was ecstatic to get a good look at the bird before it flew. I had another 4 crossbills fly by that could have also been White-wings.

I also had a flock of ~10 Pine Grosbeaks feeding on a Crab Apple on the west side of East City Park and heard several others elsewhere. (Pine Grosbeaks have now been around Moscow since at least Friday, Jan. 9.) In this same area on the edge of E. City Park I had ~300 Bohemian Waxings on Friday (1/16).  Also yesterday I had a Bewick's Wren singing near the house.

I don't think I ever would have imagined seeing Pine Grobeaks and a White-winged Crossbill on the same day within a few blocks of my house!


Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

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