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  A Common Redpoll - Finally!

Published: January 12, 2011
Tags: Life List Happenings, Common Redpoll, house finch, pine siskin, goldfinch, life list, thistle feeder

I finally had one, lone Common Redpoll show up at our feeders today. She accompanied the growing group of house finches and goldfinches we’re getting each day. A special thanks to one of the birders in my area who posted to our news group about the redpolls who visited his feeders. After reading of his success, I got re-inspired and topped off my thistle feeder, grabbed my laptop and camera, and set-up shop to work in front of the window today. And sure enough, at about 2PM, the little fellow showed up! This is a life list bird for me…

As a side note, I haven’t seen the Carolina Wren in about 2 weeks nor the Pine Siskins in about 4 weeks that were both becoming regulars to the feeders. Blue Jays are around, but seem rather scarce...

Also seen today:

  • Northern Cardinal – 3
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 8
  • White-breasted Nuthatch – 3
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch – 2
  • American Tree Sparrow - 3
  • American Goldfinch – 11
  • House Finch – 16
  • Black-capped Chickadee – 5
  • Tufted Titmouse – 4
  • Downy Woodpecker – 2
  • Hairy Woodpecker - 2
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

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A Common Redpoll; not too common to me! This was a life list bird for me today!

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I love his feathery, black feet!

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I caught this Northern Cardinal with food in his mouth!

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A little more flattering of a pose

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A Downy Woodpecker enjoys some bark butter.

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A male Dark-eyed Junco poses nicely

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I caught this Tufted Titmouse puffing in the cold

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An American Tree Sparrow

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A White-breasted Nuthatch scurries down the tree trunk

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A male House Finch; part of the group the redpoll had joined

Reply from: Lynn on 1/16/2011 9:43 AM
 Your photos are wonderful. They really enable the viewer to get up close and personal with our little feathered friends. You feature so many varieties I've never noticed before. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing. ~Lynn
Reply from: Sue on 1/16/2011 12:02 PM
 Thanks so much, Sis! I love your support!
Reply from: Jenn on 1/16/2011 12:18 PM
 I can't believe how many birds you see in just one day - and that you can capture them with such beautiful, up-close-and-personal photos. This is just wonderful to read AND to see. And congratulations on your Redpoll siting!
Reply from: Kelly K on 1/17/2011 2:56 PM
 What beautiful photos, Aunt Sue! I agree with Jenn - can't believe how many birds you see in a day. You truly live in a beautiful setting - I always knew that, but didn't know how many feathered friends you had <3

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