Redpolls are Here

From 12.12

With this year having a large irruption of birds from up north, I have been awaiting visitors to my feeders in Vermont. Yesterday brought the second life bird from up north, Common Redpoll; seen earlier was the Evening Grosbeak. Just some Crossbills and a Pine Grosbeak would complete the package (fingers crossed). I had 15 plus Redpolls at my feeders, some lighter and with fainter streaking than others, but no obvious Hoary Redpolls, but comparing the two in several guides, it appears it would not be obvious. Perhaps fainter streaking on the breast, less pink on the breast and overall less color/lighter gray/brown on the back for the Hoary.

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Below is a bird that seemed not like the others, maybe a Hoary?

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30 Responses to Redpolls are Here

  1. Steve Borichevsky says:

    It makes me wonder if the birds know something that we don’t? Bad winter coming? Or maybe it was so mild last year that there is a huge population.

    Anyway, these are cool.

  2. Boom & Gary says:

    Nice captures!! I think the last is a hoary. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  3. Laurence Butler says:

    Very nice! Looks like you’re ahead in the Polls!

  4. Kerri says:

    Oh wow…. I would LOVE to see one of these!
    That last shot is just amazing!

  5. Joshua Phillips says:

    Don’t forget about bohemian waxwings too! They’re around this winter also, though it seems like they’ve mostly been up in the Winooski Valley.

    Lovely shots. They’re such cheery little winter critters.

    • docforestal says:

      Thanks Joshua, seen a bunch of cedars, but i will keep my eyes peeled for the bohemian (funny as i type this a flock of 50 bohemians landed in tree in front of me at work)

  6. Hilke Breder says:

    Very nice!! Congrats on the Hoaryi! Have you seen Pine Siskins yet?

  7. Ron Payne says:

    If you are seeing birds like this at your home, the Middlebury Christmas Bird Count could use your help as a feeder watcher. Details here:

  8. TexWisGirl says:

    great shots! i enjoy seeing these birds every winter in blogland as i’ve never seen them in person. :)

  9. Scott says:

    Congrats on the new life birds. That’s great. We can take the Redpolls for granted here. You got some excellent shots, Dan. I’d like to see an Evening Grosbeak myself. Good luck with seeing some more life birds with the finch irruption this year.

  10. Eileen says:

    I love your Redpolls and I am so envious! I would love to see Redpolls make it to my yard this year. Wonderful photos, Dan!

  11. Cindy says:

    Great pictures, Dan. This is a fun and amazing winter with all the finches. Heard these little guys in Prospect Park, Brooklyn last weekend but the light was so bad we just could not see them.Hope we will soon.

  12. Stewart M says:

    HI there – if I see these birds in my garden it will start the Mother of All Twitches! Nice birds!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M – Melbourne

  13. Larry Jordan says:

    Beautiful shots of the Redpolls and congrats on the lifer Dan! I got my first look at a Common Redpoll in California last winter! You gotta love these irruptions!

  14. Mia McPherson says:

    And they are Beautiful!

  15. Wally says:

    Great shots! Little splashes of color to brighten the winter. Have not yet been able to add any Redpolls to my list. :(

  16. Rosie Desjardins says:

    I’ve been getting flocks of Red Polls in my side yard in West Rutland; get at least 100 plus birds daily. I’ve set up feeders, hung thistle socks, and spread sun flower hearts for the birds and they, as well as other birds, seem to approve.

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