Backyard Almanac: the "parrot of the north" and at least it's not 12 below!

Mar 16, 2018

Red Crossbill adult with juvenile in early April. This means that they nested in late Feb/early March. And a Gray Jay pulling apart a cocoon to use in its late winter/early spring nest.
Credit ©Sparky Stensaas. Used with permission.

Two years ago at this time, the Northland was bracing for a foot of snow.  29 years ago, it was -12 in Duluth.

We're looking at temps in the 40s and 50s this weekend; perfect time to scout out some Gray Jays building nests or watching Red Crossbills enjoying this year's bumper crop of pine cones.