Red crossbills (female above, male below) have primarily stayed north of Ohio this year
February 18, 2018
Crossbills are highly nomadic, a lifestyle forced by the irregular production of cone crops. Most conifers — spruce, pine, hemlock, etc. — produce bumper crops of cones only every other year, or at even longer intervals. Thus, what might be excellent habitat one year could be nearly lacking in food the next.