Clearfield County Crossbills

This morning Tim and I decided to meet up and do some birding in Clearfield County before he heads back to Delaware. The brisk morning started out well with a Black Bear walking up to my car while I waited for Tim at the DuBois Reservoir. The first bird of the day was a Ring-necked Pheasant that flew over at dawn. On the water we found lots of Ring-necked Ducks and Lesser Scaup but not much else. We decided to head to S.B. Elliott State Park in hope of finding some winter finches. At the entrance to the park there are many Norway Spruces, Tamarack, and White Birch Trees, an ideal area for finches. We wandered around the reclaimed meadow looking up at the conifers in hope of spotting something good. Lots of Red-breasted Nuthatches but not much else. Eventually we made our way back to the car and as we were about to pack it up we spotted 7 White-winged Crossbills in a tamarack next to a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station.

White-winged Crossbill (male)

Soon these birds flew off so Tim and I decided to give Parker Dam S.P. a try. Well the feeders were empty and after about 30 minutes we returned to S.B. Elliott.We set up shop in the same area and soon enough 3 White-winged Crossbills showed up and fed on Norway Spruce cones for about 30 minutes. A surprisingly large flock of 85 Rusty Blackbirds passed over head as we took video of the crossbills. As we got in the car another 10 White-winged Crossbills showed up but didn’t stick around long.

All in all we had a great day of birding and got some decent videos and pictures. Check them out!

The video was shot by Nate and Tim. Nate was using an iPhone 4s handheld and Tim was using a Samsung Stratosphere and PhoneSkope Universal Adapter.