A Redpoll that merits a post of its own — perhaps an immature bird? — perched on the red auger, with the soft steel blue of a grain bin behind.
Redpolls winter in our part of the Prairies. At least, this year, that's what they are doing. Their habits seem a bit irregular; many people have commented that they've not seen these birds before.
The copper-topped ones are fairly rare. In the flock I photographed, which comprised hundred of birds, I only noticed a handful with variations on this copper-top colouring. All the rest sported shades and intensities of vibrant pink chests and bright red caps.
As this Redpoll's colouring is half-way between the juvenile and mature bird, I wondered if perhaps it was immature...
|Redpoll with a copper cap. © SB|
What is this? A Redpoll, perhaps an immature bird.
Location: Near Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo dates: February 18, 2013.