The Red Crossbill is a highly irregular wanderer, even by winter finch standards! In
fact, it may actually breed at any time of year, particularly in the southern part of its
range. Therefore, it does not have a winter range per say, but rather occurs year-round
from Newfoundland across Canada and the northern U.S. to Alaska; in the west, it occurs at
high elevations south as far as Nicaragua. The 1997-98 winter season reports of Red
Crossbill are shown on the animated map below.
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Unedited reports of Red Crossbill through February 1998.
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Wild food preferences of Red Crossbill
The primary wild food of Red Crossbills is conifer cones. The winter finch survey is
showing that this crossbill is most often found in areas of moderate to heavy cone crops.
The 1997-98 Perspective:
- The last major invasion of Red Crossbills into the mid-Atlantic States was 25 years ago
- During the winter of 1996-1997, Project FeederWatchers in the southwest, northern
Rockies, and North Central regions reported Red Crossbills in record numbers. In the east,
they went virtually unreported.
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