Rare bird alert: Red Crossbills near Morro Bay

September 13th, 2012 · by Garrison Frost

We saw some reports today of Red Crossbills making a surprising appearance over the last few days at Montana del Oro State Park near Morro Bay. They typically  live in coniferous forests, but wander widely in some years looking for a good cone crop.  They happened to find just a couple trees here, and have been hanging out in them for days. It’s right next to the ocean — very odd for these birds. (photo of Red Crossbill in Oregon by Dave Menke/USFWS)

Categories: Bird Habitat · Birding · California State Parks · fall migration

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