September 17, 2019
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White-winged and red crossbills are back in Maine this year

They’re back. Crossbills were mostly absent from Maine last winter. I didn’t encounter a single one, even when I went looking for them in their favorite places. In early June, I started noticing a few. By July, I was hearing them all over the spruce forests west of Baxter State Park.

Crossbills are finches with a uniquely adapted bill. The tips cross, allowing the birds to extract seeds from conifer cones.



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