The Redpolls are here in Crane Lake in huge numbers. My backyard feeders have been host to 100-200 birds at a time.
Redpolls are one of those birds that you see along the sides of the road taking up grit. They use it in their crops to grind the seeds that they consume. So the other day I had a bright idea. I took a chunk of slush that had fallen off my car and carried it up to the backyard feeders. It has been a hit ever since!
It’s just another thing I can offer at my backyard smorgasbord.
Redpolls, Siskins, and Pine Grosbeaks have all been pecking away at the slush chunk. Now in the next couple days it will melt as the temperatures will be rising. It’s going to feel a lot like Spring!
Some of the male Redpolls are getting so colorful now. This one even has pink on his rump.