#400 – The Common Redpoll

After waking up to several feet of snow in our backyard after the largest storm of the year – Anthony went out and dug trails to all the bird feeders such that they could all be topped up to feed what we knew would be very hungry birds!

It was so worth the effort as our VERY FIRST Common Redpoll visited Casa Baskey and it was a first sighting for both of us.  Anthony saw him/her in the bush and I saw just enough of him/her on the deck rail to make the identification.  It was great!   Redpolls have been “in the area” but we kept missing the sightings and then lo & behold, one visits our backyard after a major winter storm to feast from one of our very many feeders.

Although it was gone before I could get the camera out, I will share this image of a territorial American Tree Sparrow ready to duke it out with a Dark-eyed Junco for prime real estate to get feed not in a manger!

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Then, later the American Tree Sparrow was quite happy to share space with a Mourning Dove.

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I do hope the common redpoll returns to our backyard, but in the meanwhile, since I have no photos to show him/her off – here is a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with information on this delightful little bird!

February 03, 2015 – Update!
This blog post was just announced by Cornell Lab of Ornithology – a great read about Redpolls and Siskins this winter season 🙂

http://blog.allaboutbirds.org/2015/02/03/the-redpolls-are-coming-the-redpolls-are-coming-and-siskins-too/

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