The Red Crossbills we first wrote about a month ago are still here, up and down 12th Avenue Northeast and other spots in town.
Various reports over the past week:
I was watching a flock of about a dozen red crossbills working a tree in my neighbor’s backyard here in the Broadview neighborhood of North Seattle. First sighting in my neighborhood ever, for me anyway. Beautiful, chatty, entertaining critters they are!
The crossbills are even more tolerant of people than evening grosbeaks and siskins, though they tend to be better at avoiding house/window hits. I can walk about four feet from our platform feeder without disturbing the birds.
Around 1:00 this afternoon some volunteer work for Seattle Audubon took me to a residential area near 122nd and Roosevelt in North Seattle. Noticing a cone filled evergreen I wondered to myself if Crossbills might like it when I heard birds overhead and they landed immediately over me in the exact spot. Fourteen Red Crossbills spent the next 15 minutes gorging on the cones.
Could they be nesting?