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Red Crossbills - Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

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Topic: Red Crossbills - Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Posted By: Matt Anderson
Subject: Red Crossbills - Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Date Posted: 23 Nov 2017 at 1:54pm
16 Red crossbills with about 20 Pine siskins and a Purple finch - Tornado Alley (just south of the lodge on the south side is Swan Creek) in Oak Openings Preserve Metropark about ten minutes ago. The crossbills were very vocal and active, flying from tree to tree. At least two were in the pines over the lodge when I got back to the car.



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Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2017 at 2:42pm
No fewer than 20 Red crossbills at the lodge a few minutes ago


Posted By: pjacyk
Date Posted: 25 Nov 2017 at 3:06am
Audio recording Friday 11/24/17 afternoon confirms Red Crossbills (Ponderosa Pine or type 2) present.  Could be other types at the park too.

This Cornell article has more details on Red Crossbill types http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/" rel="nofollow - http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 25 Nov 2017 at 2:05pm
22 Red crossbills very low at the bridge over Swan Creek (just SE of the lodge) just minutes ago


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 26 Nov 2017 at 4:21pm
At least a dozen today moving between the lodge and the pine stand just northwest of Mallard Lake


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 03 Dec 2017 at 8:19pm
21 Red crossbills this morning - 18 in pines across from the dunes on Girdham Road, 3 at the lodge.


Posted By: Brandoni13
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2018 at 1:38am
Had a flyover Red crossbill on the paved path near the Lou Campbell field today around 5pm.


Posted By: pjacyk
Date Posted: 02 Feb 2018 at 8:28pm
30 Type 2 Red Crossbills at Oak Openings Lodge parking lot. Morning Feb 2. Two groups: 4 & 26 birds.


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2018 at 2:26pm
Four Red crossbills this morning at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark - moving between pines at the lodge and a couple of pine stands about 1/4 mile south and southeast of there.


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2018 at 4:34pm
...and five more over our yard in Whitehouse a few minutes ago.


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 18 Feb 2018 at 4:05pm
Red crossbills were in the pines near the lodge again this morning. I had two around 8:30. Andrew Simon had as many as eight a bit earlier.


Posted By: Dave
Date Posted: 19 Feb 2018 at 1:59pm
Late yesterday afternoon had at least two Red Crossbills at the S E end of Evergreen Lake.


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 01 Apr 2018 at 10:05pm
Two male and two female Red crossbills were feeding in the pines again this afternoon near the lodge at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark. The call of these birds seemed different from crossbills I've heard in the park in recent months. I recorded them (as well as the earlier birds) and will have to do some research.


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2018 at 3:44pm
At least one male Red crossbill remained near the lodge in Oak Openings Preserve Metropark this morning. It or another Red crossbill was in a small stand of pines lust northeast of Mallard Lake.


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 15 Apr 2018 at 7:52pm
Still a couple of Red crossbills this afternoon in the pines near the lodge at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark


Posted By: Brandoni13
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 12:50am
Matt I checked Birds of Toledo when I saw you’re post yesterday. It was interesting to me to find out that we have Oak Openings records in June, July, and August. I was just curious to see if there have been any confirmed breeding records since the last publication date in 2002.


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 3:30am
Brandon, there are no known breeding records for the Toledo area. I'm not aware of even any suspected breeding activity. Not all of the summer records attributed to the Oak Openings in BOTA are actually from the OO Region. The August 1975 birds were seen on the Anderson Farm.


Posted By: Brandoni13
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 9:55pm
Thanks for the info Matt.


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2018 at 2:58am
Until tonight, I had never heard a SINGING Red crossbill in the Toledo area (recordings made). I'm hoping it's indicative of possible breeding at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 21 Apr 2018 at 2:21pm
Ten crossbills this morning - one male singing persistently, chasing a female, and performing what appeared to be a courtship flight. Pine warblers are also back in OO.


Posted By: Stipedawg
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2018 at 2:52am
Crossbills were present this morning in the shrubs on the right just before the bridge over Swan Creek.  I did not get a count,  but I would say close to 10.    


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 12:08pm
Three Red crossbills at the lodge this morning


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 12:13pm
Never mind...at least 19 Red crossbills!


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2018 at 1:46pm
Six crossbills this morning


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 01 May 2018 at 4:04pm
One Red crossbill this morning


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 11 May 2018 at 11:57am
At least 20 at the lodge this morning


Posted By: Matt Anderson
Date Posted: 28 May 2018 at 1:59pm
A Red crossbill was still at the lodge this morning. Pretty amazing. I suspect that there are more around (18 last weekend), and I stopped at numerous potential sites with Red pines - no luck finding any in those stands this morning. The odds seem very high that these birds are nesting somewhere in the park.
 
A couple of Brown creepers have been singing near the lodge parking lot too.
 
It's worth mentioning again - the mosquitoes are incredibly bad!
 



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