Friday, February 15, 2019

Common Redpoll

A friend, Penny H., called from the Northfield United Way. She had a flock of 25 Common Redpolls feeding in a few birch trees outside her office. Despite a fierce, but short, blizzard, I rushed over and took these photographs. During alternate years, redpolls flee their arctic breeding grounds due to spruce and birch seed crop failures. Males are similar to the brown and white females until the males enter their third year, when they molt into their bright red breast plumage. Both sexes sport red crowns.

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