Occurrence of the Red Crossbill (Loxia Curvirostra Minor) in Southern Idaho
Occurrence of the Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra minor) in Southern Idaho
While this bird should be, and probably is, common, or at least not rare, among the conifers of the mountains, it apparently seldom strays into this section of the Boise Valley. Last October I saw a small flock of birds passing overhead and heard the familiar note of the Crossbill. The flock alighted in a Lombardy poplar and a shot brought down a Crossbill and a House Finch. As nearly as I could determine without glasses, the Crossbill was the only bird of its species in the flock, the rest being House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis).