A single pair of red crossbills has been occasionally seen in Marsh-Billings-
Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock during the past couple of
months. Thanks to the observations of Ian Worley and Ron Payne, we now
know they are showing an intent to nest. Since crossbills can be winter
nesters, imagine the energetic requirements necessary to incubate and brood
at temps well below freezing (and even well below zero F).
So please, if you come to look for these birds, DO NOT PLAY RECORDINGS that
might pull them away from nesting / feeding activities, and be prepared to go
away satisfied with a distant look, calls only, and perhaps even no sighting at
all, but a nice time in the woods. This does not appear to be an invasion year,
so there just aren’t many opportunities for seeing this species in Vermont.
Let’s try to have a successful nesting and double the [known] population!
Thanks, and enjoy birding.
Kyle Jones, Ecologist
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park