Sometimes its better to be lucky than good. Like today, I was pulling weeds and I looked up into my well-trimmed cottonwood and there was a nice female-looking red crossbill. The bird was eying my water feature, and sure enough, she came down for an extended drink.
A few minutes later BJ Stacy called me, he had a flock of about 12 at the end of my street that had flown in my direction.
The last time that I recall that red crossbills were reported in Jacumba was back in November.
This is a pretty good yard bird!