Sunday, December 26, 2010

Redpolls for the New Year

Common Redpolls love birch and spruce seeds. An irruption from Ontario is forecast for this winter. This male, the only Redpoll I saw, traveled with a flock of Goldfinches. They have been arriving later than during irruption in the winter of 2007/2008 because the birch seed crop in the north this year is a little better than back then, but not great. Once that's exhausted they are moving south. So look for them in birch trees and at your feeders.


The adult male and juvenile Goldfinches in the group were strikingly colorful with buffy wing bars and bronze crowns and backs.

A thought for the New Year: can the Redpolls and Goldfinches, living together in harmony, teach us something?

Happy Birding in 2011!

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  1. Love your Redpoll, they are cuties. Wonderful photos. I would love to see the redpoll at my feeders.

  2. Great sequence, but especially good photos of the Redpoles. Gary & Boom of the Vermilon River.

  3. He is just beautiful. I wonder if they will make it down to us this year. Two winters ago we had a few visit...but none last year. Happy Birding to you too in 2011!

  4. Redpolls! Great picures of them too! I saw them once in Connecticut but they were in a tree and never really came down to eye level where I could get a good look at them.I hope they head south.


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