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Just now, Quiscalus quiscula said:

They are common here too, but I've yet too see one in the winter.

Yeah, not so much in the winter here. I've seen two so far, one of which was in my neighborhood. And my family saw one in the yard when I wasn't home 😠

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On 1/22/2022 at 11:14 PM, Aidan B said:

Brewer's in the east (especially in the southeast) is nowhere near as rare as Rusty Blackbirds are the west. 

This is just a random checklist I found within a few seconds from Georgia. 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S99077019

Yep, I find Brewer's every winter here in Georgia.

And hey, that checklist is from where I also got my Say's for the year a few weeks back! I see that birder's name a lot, but don't know them. Liam might.

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1 hour ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Nice! I bet you're going to start seeing more of them around after this. I thought I was going to have to drive down to Orange County and find one for you.

Thanks!

Haha, I’ve been searching at literally every location they’re being seen, and I’ve never found one until today. There was three, however!

Where have you seen them down here in orange? 

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2 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

If you’ve been to the desert once I wouldn’t consider it a nemesis 

Really? I’ve been out there a few times and never seen one. 
 

Msybe you meant not the CA desert….?

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11 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

How rare/not rare are Red Crossbills in Cali?

I don't know about most places is CA, but down here they're rare, but somewhat annual. Up where we saw them they are common in the mountains, but down below they aren't.

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2 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

Awesome stuff man, congrats! Crossbills and parakeets, interesting combo 😂 How rare/not rare are Red Crossbills in Cali?

Crossbills are common in any mountainous area in the state. You can get them pretty regularly in most counties across the state.

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1 hour ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Crossbills are common in any mountainous area in the state. You can get them pretty regularly in most counties across the state.

I’d love to get one for orange….hopefully if I get to the mountains later this year I can get them.

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An attempt to make it cross country  to a new swamp/lake that is a prime waterfowl spot with a toddler and 3 year old over the rough ground of an un-mowed field and through the thistles and blackberries was already beginning to look questionable when we ran smack into a large ditch full of water. Had to settle for dinner on the bank of a tiny little pond which all turned out for the best as there was a pair of scolding lifer Marsh Wrens right at our feet while we ate. Beautiful sunset to finish it off.

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