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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Red Crossbills are still in New England, will they stay to breed?

Red Crossbill, male
Red Crossbill, female

eBird map showing Red Crossbill locations now.
Dreaming of Red Crossbills, it's what I do. They are still being seen in scattered locations in the Northeast and other areas of the country. Lots of Type 10s entered the northeast from the Maritimes and upper northeast to feed on the white pine cone crop which was historic but now the crop has been depleted. Some moved south but some may stay and breed in areas of prime food availability. There are still areas of Pitch Pines and Japanese Black PInes that are attracting crossbills now.


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