Date: 11/21/20 1:49 pm From: Nick Bolgiano <nickbolgiano...> Subject: cone crops at Bear Meadows
Many black spruce and white pine trees at Bear Meadows have abundant cones this fall, but hemlock cones are sparse. If white-winged crossbills reach our area, this is a likely place to find them, as they like black spruce cones. When they were here in good numbers during the winter of 1997-98, they fed on hemlock cones, but they will have to do with black spruce and this is the one local spot with that tree.
I found many red-breasted nuthatches and a single red crossbill here on Friday.
Attached are two pictures. In the fall, cottongrass appears as in the one picture across N. America's boreal bogs. Also, a sleepy porcupine that has apparently been eating the bark of the black birch tree it was in.