Monday, January 14, 2013

Common Redpolls: Winter Prairie Visitors

Common Redpoll
in seed-scattered snow © SB
This winter, small flocks of Common Redpolls have graced our bird feeder in Regina, Saskatchewan.

These small northern songbirds nest in the Artic, and spend the winter further south in balmy climates like ours, where the temperature ranges down to minus 30C, and below.

Both males and females in this finch family have dark red caps; in addition, the males also sport bright rosy breasts.

In our yard, at least, the Redpolls have been ground feeders — scurrying across the snow to peck at seed tossed down by our regular avian visitors, the House Sparrows.

Common Redpoll fluffed up against the cold. © SB

What are these? Common Redpolls
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Photo date: January 11, 2013. 


1 comment:

  1. So glad to see you back after the holidays! Was worried you were under all that snow somewhere! We love our little Redpolls and they're loving my new winter water station! I've been wanting one for years. Now I just need a great lens so I can capture the excitement. :)


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