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  •  In the past I've had white-winged crossbills (8+ / 0-)

    stop by and spend weeks on-end at the feeder.

    Sometimes, I feel guilty about not reporting their presence at my feeder, for the record. Sometimes, I figure they just need to eat sunflower seeds and head north again without interruption and cameras pointed at their heads.

    Crossbills are magnificent and I'm guilty.

     

    I love nature, science and my dogs.

    by Polly Syllabic on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 10:14:50 PM PST

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    •  Are WWCRs report birds where you're at? (3+ / 0-)

      They are generally pretty common in northeast MN in winter, but we have a lot of spruce and tamarack.  I'm not sure if anyone would chase a report of crossbills here.  

      Sometimes I report birds, sometimes I don't.  I know there are absolutists out there who insist on birders reporting everything or get upset about birders reporting certain species.  Personally, I think the best approach is to make sure birders are educated on the potential effects of reporting certain birds in certain locations so they can make the best good faith judgments with the well-being of the birds paramount and the advancement of the hobby/science second.  

      I respect your judgment to give the crossbills a little space and a quiet spot to refuel.  If you change your mind in the future, I would offer that the species is highly nomadic and adept at seeking out food sources, so sharing your crossbills with a few photographers would probably have little adverse effect on them.  

      Hope you host more this year, but so far the winter finch activity around here has been pretty sad.

      Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

      by Mark Mywurtz on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 05:47:24 AM PST

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