There are many species that pass through our region. Some breed and raise their young here; many are tourists that only pause for a while, feed, and move on. Sometimes it is difficult to tell who was hatched and raised young locally and who was not.
Today, I observed (what others undoubtedly already knew) that the Red Crossbill raises its chicks beside the Lake.
A female Red Crossbill eyes one of its chicks.
The parent prepares to feed. Note: this freshly fledged chick has yet to develop its crossed bill.
It then feeds its chick.