From: Charles Swift <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM
Subject: Moscow birds, 4/30/09
To: inland birders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi All -
Not much going on migrant-wise in Moscow as it's been most of April. The UI Arboreta were fairly quiet today as they've been most days that I visited the past few weeks - just a few kinglets of both species, WC Sparrows, and a Yellow-rumped Warbler or 2. I did have a couple singing Nashville Warblers on the way in to work this morning and have had a few Cassin's Vireos, RC Kinglets, and YR Warblers around my house fairly regularly in the past couple of weeks.
This morning I had a flock of some 25 Red Crossbills in my yard which was pretty exciting. They were initially picking at buds on Maple and Apple trees and then later coming in to the feeders. Also w/ the crossbills at the feeders was at least 1 Cassin's Finches, a siskin, and a number of goldfinches, not to mention the ever-present House Finches - a very finchy morning at our place. Red Crossbills are pretty regular fly overs here but they don't often stop in the yard and have only visited the feeders a few times while we've lived in Moscow. I was able to stufy the crossbills pretty carefully and there were no juveniles w/ female types out numbering males. The adult (or near adult) males varied in intesnsity of red and some had yellow in a few places. My early morning yard surveys are paying off!