Saturday, November 20, 2010
White-winged Crossbills - Not
Denny's neighbor called at 8:25am. The crossbills were at her feeders. We got over there in less than three minutes, but there were no crossbills. We waited for an hour for them to return, but they didn't. We adjourned for breakfast and returned to sit in the car in their driveway where we had an excellent view of the feeders. Still no crossbills. We walked the neighborhood streets, listening and looking, but no luck there either. One more hour in their kitchen watching the feeders, again with no luck. Denny and I began to think that something wasn't quite right. Our feeling is that after the initial verification last Saturday, the reports from the nieghbor were not necessarily of crossbills, but perhaps goldfinches with their strong wingbars. So something that seemed like such a slam-dunk turned out not to be. Ah, that's birding. In the evening Denny, his wife Terry, and I went to a nice restaurant, The Barn, in York ME to celebrate Terry's birthday. It was a delightful meal. When I got back to Denny's, I packed up my stuff for the flight home tomorrow.