Monday, December 03, 2007

Common Redpolls in southern Wisconsin

Be on the watch! Many birdwatchers are reporting Common Redpolls at their backyard feeders in recent weeks. A bird of the boreal and taiga regions, irruption cycles occur with widespread failure in seed-crop production, causing them to head further south for sources of food and spend the winter months. I haven't seen a Common Redpoll yet this fall/winter, but with the recent snowstorm, I'm sure it will only be a matter of time. These photographs of redpolls were taken in 2005 in my backyard.

Common Redpoll images 2007 Mike McDowell

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