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Redpolls are Plentiful this Year

Some years I never see this bird and others, I see a lot of them. This is a good year. There are two species, the Common Redpolls and the Hoary Redpolls.  The latter are described as “little or no streaking on its rump or crissum and have silvery-white plummage, presenting a more frosted appearance. Also a stubby bill whereas the bill of the Common Redpoll is conical. They breed in the Arctic and see them here in Alberta in the winter months.

I think that I may have captured images of both kinds but not sure. Here I think they are all common. I am happy that I have pictures of male and females and on branches rather than on the feeder.Any comments are welcome.

Common Redpoll


Male Redpoll


A Pair of  'Pollspictures 032

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Possible Hoary


17 responses

  1. You must live in the northern part of the country. We don’t have any of these down here. Great photos, Jane.

    January 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    • Alberta, Canada, Bob.I must admit I feel envious when you show your birding lists for an outing./ It is fun to see what other people see in different parts of the countries.

      January 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm

  2. Fantastic photos!

    January 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    • Thanks, Julie. good to hear from you.

      January 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  3. Loved your photos! I’ve heard that we have these in Ohio this winter, but I’ve yet to lay eyes on them.

    January 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    • Thank you Deb. hope you see them too. i need togo further afield and see what else Ican find.

      January 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  4. They have so much personality – or you have captured them in such a way that seems to reflect this Jane ~ wonderful images — and they are darling – both genders! 🙂 Love , Robyn

    January 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    • Thanks Robyn. I feel happy when I see them and really happy when I get them perching on the branches rather than the bag of niger seeds.

      January 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      • So much cuter on the branches – I agree ~ they do elicit a sense of “happy” — 🙂

        January 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm

  5. Beautiful collection Jane. Thanks for sharing these.

    January 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

    • Thank you for stopping by to see my post and for your comment, Christopher.

      January 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

  6. Redpolls are lovely birds, although there are reports of them here right now I have yet to see one so I really enjoy seeing your images of them.

    January 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

  7. Very nice captures, Jane!

    January 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    • Thanks Donna-just as happy to see yours as well.

      January 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  8. Great photos again as always.

    January 11, 2013 at 12:01 am

  9. Thank you for your comments, Matti.

    January 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  10. Beauties!

    January 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

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