Date: 7/29/20 6:17 am From: Bob Duchesne <duchesne...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Red crossbills
I detect a change of season. For the third time this morning, I’ve heard a handful of red crossbills overhead here on the north end of Pushaw Lake in Hudson. They’re certainly around this summer. I’ve been getting them on my bird atlas surveys farther north. But they haven’t been noisy around here until just now.
Meanwhile, a family of white-breasted nuthatches continues to chow down on my suet, with parents feeding young. This is 5+ weeks after nuthatch families were first detected milling around here. According to online literature, nuthatches raise only one brood per year. So either this is an unlikely second brood, or a late re-nest, or really, really dependent children. Since, the family-feeding activity wasn’t detected again until recently, I’m going with the re-nest scenario.