Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Common Redpoll

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

This was my second try for my latest lifer..the Common Redpoll.  I always watching the Maryland listserve and saw that the Common Redpoll was still being seen at a local park in Montgomery County, Maryland.. I went once and missed seeing this bird by 30 minutes.  I had to give it another try for this cute bird.


A brownish grey-finch with dark streaks and a red patch on its head. This is a female, the males have more red on their breast. It looks a little like the Pine Siskin to me..


A partial migrant moves southward in late autumn and stays until mid March or April. As you can see it is a seed eater.. From what I have heard there have been more sightings of the Redpoll in the Mid-Atlantic states..


This bird seemed to like hanging around some other birds like the Pine Siskins and Golfinches which are seen above..


I was happy to add this cute Redpoll to my life list, which is now at 448 lifers.

I hope you enjoyed my wild bird post.. Till next week's wild bird post.. I wish you happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

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  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

76 comments:

✿ chica said...

Puxa, que belo achado e encontro! São lindos todos! Valeu! beijos praianos,chica

Margaret Adamson said...

Yes it certainly is a lovely bird to see and another lifer. congratulations.

Mersad said...

Your wildlife photography is always spot on. I really enjoyed the photos.

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
That is one bird I have never seen although is looks much like the Linnet!
You must have a ball observing all your visitors at the feeder!
Great post, congrats on this new lifer!!

Debbie said...

that's so exciting eileen, it's a beauty. i have never had a redpoll at my feeders but i am loaded with goldfinches right now!!!

Giga said...

Nice to look at the birds in your feeder. Regards.

Michelle said...

How nice that you spotted it!

Lynne said...

Exciting Eileen . . . Congrat's . . .

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Fun reading you serious birders. I LOVE birds, but wouldn't know a siskin from a bunting. I use to love watching ...can't remember the name of it, or the naturalist's name, on PBS...but I remain in awe of you folks that can categorize so many species in your head (and recognize them). I would love to go out in the woods with you. :)

September Violets said...

We have common red polls here! Having said that, I don't usually get them at my feeders ... more a country bird. You got some great shots of them. That's an impressive list of birds you have! I've kept a list since I was quite young, but it's not nearly as long ;) Wendy x

Linda Kay said...

Lovely birds, Eileen, as always. Great captures.

Bethany Carson said...

Congrats on succeeding in finding a red poll! I've never seen one myself.

Sandra said...

so happy for you to add to your list. she is beautiful and I love that last shot with the two cuties in it...

Karen S. said...

Clearly they are a beautiful little bird. They sure don't mind be captured on camera either. Busy little birdies!

magiceye said...

Lovely captures of the cuties!

Leovi Leovi said...

These pictures are gorgeous, beautiful shots of birds and beautiful colors!

Sue said...

Congrats, Eileen! Such a sweet face .

TexWisGirl said...

that's awesome! glad you got to see it! 448 is amazing!

Linda W. said...

Looks like your bird feeder is a busy place! Nice pics of your visitors.

Mary Hone said...

Oh he's a cutie! Love that little red spot.

Cynthia said...

Always so fun to score a lifer! I have redpolls at my feeders some winters (Minnesota) but not yet this year. I love their little red hats.

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful birds, the last one is my favorite.
Best regards, Irma

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Gongrats for having this beautiful bird in your list!!
Wonderful pictures and great captures!
I hope you have a lovely week!
Dimi...

Carletta said...

I am so happy for you! When I read your earlier post I couldn't imagine how I'd feel missing it by thirty minutes. So glad you got another chance. Wonderful photos! You have an impressive list of sightings. It really shows your dedication.

Cloudia said...

Aw Sweet-i-kins!


ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

Adam Jones said...

Really nice images, and so very pleased you got to add it to your life list.

DeniseinVA said...

How exciting to add this to your life list Eileen. Adorable little bird and outstanding photos. Have a great day :)

Ailime said...

Hello Eilleen, for some days since I visited her. That magnificent photos! "Posts" magnificent! Hugs, Ailime

Les Barr said...

I don't live very far from you. Up here in Reading, PA. Have been to Chincoteague a number of times. The Red Pole bird is one that I've never seen here. Cute little thing.

Marie said...

Great shots! Glad you finally got to see the redpoll! It's one I've never seen.

Stephanie said...

I don't know if we have Redpoll birds here. Nice images!

Laura said...

Such lovely friends have come to call… what a handsome cap the Common Redpol is wearing!

Bob Bushell said...

They are superb, we get them over here. Excellent shots Eileen.

Christian Weiß said...

Cute birds and beautiful photos.

Breathtaking said...

Lovely photos Eileen!:) Congratulations on your sighting of the redpoll.:) It's a pretty bird, and they are often seen in the company of siskins.
Regards.

Kathie Brown said...

I am so glad you got to see this little beauty! It does look like a siskin, but the beak is totally different, among other things. I had no idea they made it that far south! What a neat find! Congrats on your Lifer!

Pat said...

Wow! 448 lifers - that's great! The Redpoll is a lovely little finch.

eileeninmd said...

I was excited to finally see this cutie! Thank You, Kathie!

Ela said...

Beautiful birds and you shots are so lovely !
Greetings

Chris Rohrer said...

I've heard they're coming down now and visiting feeders! I would love to spot these birds. Congrats!

colleen said...

Love that stare in the first shot. I'm imagining the finches are sunning their feathered coats until the become yellow.

Missy George said...

Glad you got your Redpoll..The Finches are very confusing..The males pretty much look the same to me except for the Goldfinches..I'll have to pay more attention to them and try to see if I can see a female..They're a little more distinctive than the males..

Brian King said...

Congratulations! I've never seen one. Cute little birds!

Happyone said...

Lovely birds.

Carver said...

Great shots of the birds. I love the markings on the redpoll's head.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I'm a birding novice, but I could sit at my kitchen table and watch them all day. Enjoyed seeing all of the birds that I don't get to see here!

Barb said...

A sweet little gal! I wish I had your expertise at identification. When I was walking in a Denver park today, I saw a huge bird with a white breast high in a cottonwood. I hope I can enlarge my photo enough to identify it in my bird book.

The happy wanderer. said...

Congratulations on your new lifer - and a lovely little bird to make that for you. I hope you weren't badly affected by forecast storms.

Felicia said...

pretty birds, they are always so active this time of the year.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Wow, Common Redpoll (finch) is your 448th lifers☆☆☆ Congratulations and I always admire reading your vast knowledge about them♪ Great photographs of sweet birdies♡♡♡
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Congrats, Eileen!
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Nora said...

Great photo! I wish I could see a bird so pretty as that!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I have never seen a Redpoll. Cute bird. Have a pleasant Wednesday!

diane b said...

That is an impressive list of lifers. I like the little daub of red paint on its head

NatureFootstep said...

I hardly even spotted them this winter. :( Glad to see yours. :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Congrats, Eileen! It's a very pretty bird.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I think my first comment was eaten lol. I love this bird and I love the red cape!!

Poppy said...

What cutie pies, these little guys are! They seem very curious, as well. Congrats on your observations, Eileen! Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!

Poppy

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful little bird!

Helma said...

Ohhhhhh .... great photo of the redpoll. I see that really never! Great to see Eileen because it's a magnificent bird:-)

Susan said...

Wow, so many on your lifers. I like these little sweeties... all the best :D)

Rambling Woods said...

Happy to got your life. I haven't seen any this winter, but have a few siskins at the thistle...Michelle

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Ah a successful day of redpoll searching! Congratulations. She's a cute little one!

bettyl-NZ said...

Our birds at the feeder aren't this colorful. I'm so jealous--but happily enjoy your photos1

Adam Tilt said...

Great photos and congrats on another lifer.

EG CameraGirl said...

Lucky you, Eileen! I've heard that redpolls are around right now but so far this year I have not seen any.

Rose said...

Congrats on adding it to your list!

Derek said...

You've snapped some super photos of this little darlin'. Thanks too for adding all the information to go with them.
Lovely post. Thanks.

Have a nice day.

Stewart M said...

Nice little bird - always good to see a new bird.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Red Nomad OZ said...

What a cute bird! And I'm not just saying that because it's RED :D

Phyllis Oller said...

I sometimes wonder if I get the redpoll here,with your close-up of the little guy I should be able to id them better,thanks for sharing! Phyllis

Liz said...

Beautiful birds Eileen!

Missy George said...

Poor squirrel...Sad...Pretty birds!!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

These are so clear! Great photos, again!

Florence said...

Lovely little redpoll! I love the goldfinches too.

David Gascoigne said...

If you are getting redpolls now we should be seeing them in the next few weeks as they start to migrate north.