Common Redpolls Invade

Feb 19, 2009 | Birding

For the past several weeks, we have had a tremendous amount of Common Redpolls visiting our back yard.  It was predicted that they would be among the finch species to move south of their usual range (from Alaska into Canada’s high Arctic country ) because of thin seed crops in northern birches and conifers.  Each day dozens to 100’s of the small cute birds descend on the feeders emptying some in less than 30 minutes.

The peak of this invasion was Friday, February 13th when possibly a 1,000 Redpolls covered the yard.  I tried to photograph the spectacle with the camera and finally shot some not so great  video to capture the movement and noise.  The video is posted here.

Here are a couple of shots of our deck…



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