At one point they dropped out of a pine tree to the ground in front of me (20 feet) for water in a shallow depression filled from recent rain. If they were concerned about my presence, it wasn't obvious. Their varied plumage colors, large bills, strong feet, gregarious behavior, all reminded me of descriptions of Carolina Parakeets.
This morning I posted some information about a crossbill story I did for KUAF. Here is a direct link: http://www.kuaf.com/content/when-crossbills-irrupt