My daughter and I had come to Carondelet Park from St. Francois Co. to try to 
see the White-winged Crossbills.  We first looked in the area of the horseshoe 
pits and sweetgum trees with no luck.  Then we looked on the corner of Leona and 
Loughborough.  They were in the hemlock trees, as Mick said.  We first saw them 
about 10:45.  My daughter Shelley had 3 in the scope view at one time.  A lifer 
for both of us!
We returned to the horseshoe pit area to scan the sweetgum trees.  No crossbills 
there at that time, but lots of birds moving about.  We saw about 6 Rusty 
Blackbirds in the sweetgum trees along 2 Red-winged Blackbirds.  They were 
eating the seeds from the sweetgum balls.

Judy Bergmann
Rural Bonne Terre
St. Francois Co.

From: Mick Richardson <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Fri, November 30, 2012 1:16:35 PM
Subject: WW Crossbills at Carondelet Park, St Louis City. Lunchtime

On Connie Alwood’s advice I went to the hemlocks at the corner of Leona and 
Carondelet at lunchtime. They are actually on Leona. Two ladies were there and 
they had just seen at least two White-winged Crossbills. The birds finally 
appeared for me. A lifer. While the pine siskins peck at the hemlock cones, the 
WW Crossbills were removing entire cones and eating the seeds while perched 
Mick Richardson, Kirkwood, St. Louis Co.
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