[birding] Fwd: [obol] Mary's Peak, Sunday

Marcia F. Cutler marciafcutler at comcast.net
Tue Oct 6 10:11:51 PDT 2015



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> From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren at gmail.com>
> Date: October 6, 2015 9:03:05 AM PDT
> To: obol at freelists.org
> Subject: [obol] Mary's Peak, Sunday
> Reply-To: larspernorgren at gmail.com
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>   The gate is now closed at Connor's Camp Saddle. To my surprise the parking there was full and many people walking up the road. I tried it myself about 3pm. I hadn't previously appreciated how many motorcycles use that road, esp. on sunny Sundays. The closed gate created a great opportunity. I detected only juncos on the way up, turning around after Parker Creek but before west ridge. There were 40 Red Crossbills feeding in the big hemlocks at Parker Creek Falls on my way back down. Some were singing and a few Pine Siskins  mixed in. A thrush further down seemed to be a Swainson's. I was able to stand in the road and wait until it flew out onto the road. On a typical Sunday cars would have come along too soon.
>    While noisy in flight, crossbills are quiet when feeding. I may have walked right by them on the way up. The hemlocks have a heavy cone crop but the Doug-firs none. Lars
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