Everything you ever wanted to know about Redpolls, and then some…

Lots of Redpolls are at birdfeeders in Minnesota this winter. These tiny birds of the Finch family sometimes completely overwhelm area birdfeeders and can occur in flocks of 100+ birds. There are two species of Redpoll that occur in Minnesota; the Common and the Hoary Redpoll. Within those two species are several sub-species. Here is a link to a fantastic article about how to identify the various species and sub-species. The article is about Redpolls in Thunder Bay, Ontario, which isĀ our close neighbor to the north.

http://aba.org/nab/v65n2redpolls.pdf

 

 

 

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