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Carmel Valley Red Crossbills

9:08 am

Some interesting behavior this morning (May 21) from the crossbills that have been in Carmel Valley on and off since late December, with brief exaggerated begging observed in one of two perched birds, then begging bird flying short distance between two trees chasing first bird with weak fluttery flight.  

Perhaps this was some sort of courting behavior rather than an actual fledgling. If folks are in the vicinity over the coming days, it might be worth checking out. Seen here: 32.9515558, -117.2267879, which is just north of the Windwood Park eBird hotspot on Carmel Creek Road. 

Dan King
San Diego