Friday, November 23, 2012

Common Redpoll...coming soon to a neighborhood near you

Flushed a small flock of common redpoll (Carduelis flammea) while doing my job at the waterfowl hunt parking area the other day on Lee Metcalf NWR (Stevensville, MT). Of late there are posted sightings of redpoll on MOB from other birders in Montana. Obviously, Nyger feeders are best at attracting these winter finches; don't forget that non-feeder habitat can be just as reliable and good for finding these birds. Here's some video from December, 2011 illustrating this point:


It doesn't hurt to use your ears/hearing in finding these species also; they have a distinct call:



Finally, a photo of how one usually sees these birds in the 'field'
Common Redpoll in flight