Redpolls – small finches from the northern part of our hemisphere – are moving south in large numbers as they deplete food supplies to the north of us. They are showing up at feeders and in fields where grasses and weeds provide food for them. They can arrive in ones or twos, or in huge flocks of 50, 100, 200, or more. They can empty feeders very quickly! Two species are being reported, the Common Redpoll and the rarer silvery Hoary Redpoll.
We’ve had a lone female Common Redpoll at the feeder off and on for the past several days, as I wrote about (and pictured) here: http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/2013/01/another-northern-visitor-redpoll.html
Yesterday there two redpolls were at the feeder, a male and a female. (It’s impossible to tell if it’s the same female.
The male is in front, and you can just see the female’s tail showing from the back of the feeder:
A winter-plumaged American Goldfinch joined in:
What birds are visiting your yard?
Photos taken via IPone 4 and binoculars (digi-bin), through the kitchen window, thus the poor quality.