|Female Common Redpoll on our feeder this week. © SB|
These birds seem to follow different routes north and south each year.
During the winter, we had a small flock of five or six birds drop by for seeds below the feeder. They were here for one evening only. A few posed on the bare lilac branches, and by morning, all were gone.
This week, a single female Comon Redpoll is back, shyly pecking for seeds and avoiding the other birds. (Going back north? I wonder.)
It seems odd to me to see solitary Redpolls, like I often do in Regina. When I see these tiny finches at the Abbey in Muenster, where I go for February writing retreats, they are usually in large flocks, singing as they swoop from tree to tree.
|On of the female Common Redpolls |
that dropped by our Regina backyard in late January. © SB
|Others in that January mini-flock of Common Redpolls. © SB|
The winter Redpoll flock at the Abbey also include vibrant males, as well as the occasional and rarer Hoary Redpoll, which is the same size but a far paler bird than the brown-belly-speckled Common Redpoll. Below are some shots of birds I took at St. Peter's in February... and my guesses about which might be Common Redpolls, vs Hoary Redpolls.
|Female Hoary Redpoll, all silvery white with a tiny bill |
(Or, then again, there is a tiny blush of red on its chest - an immature male?) © SB
|Male Redpoll - I think likely Common, from the bill size, |
though he doesn't have much streaking, so maybe Hoary? ©SB
|Female Common Redpoll © SB|
|Male Common Redpoll © SB|
What are these? Female and Male Common Redpolls, with one (?) Hoary Redpoll. (The ones with red chest markings are male.)
Location: Top three images: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan; bottom four: Near Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo dates: Top: April 7, 2016; next two: January 31, 2016; four Muenster birds: February 19 - 23, 2016.