Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 03/16/2016


Photo taken on February  4, 2016


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Dainty little Common Redpoll

Dainty little Common Redpoll
This photo was taken on 4 February 2016, when I was on a birding walk with friends, in Weaselhead. Unfortunately, it was heavily overcast but, though there was no sign of the sun, it wasn't that cold. Many of our temperatures this winter have been so ridiculously mild. Makes you wonder what our summer is going to be like!

theweaselhead.com/

www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/SW-parks/Weasel...

There are supposed to be no feeders in Weaselhead, but certain ones have stayed. This photo shows a popular one. A few people leave seeds for the birds and it must be costing a few regulars such a huge amount of money to do so. Feeding the birds does give these folks tons of fresh air, exercise, and the joy of doing something that they love. Unlike bird feeders in people's gardens, these forest feeders do keep the birds in their natural habitat.

"As energetic as their electric zapping call notes would suggest, Common Redpolls are active foragers that travel in busy flocks. Look for them feeding on catkins in birch trees or visiting feeders in winter. These small finches of the arctic tundra and boreal forest migrate erratically, and they occasionally show up in large numbers as far south as the central U.S. During such irruption years, redpolls often congregate at bird feeders (particularly thistle or nyjer seed), allowing delightfully close looks."

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Redpoll/id

The following is a list of the species seen on 4 February:

FFCPPSoc. BIRDING, Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, 0915-1215, Thu, 04Feb2016. Heavy overcast, NW wind 15kph, -2 to 3°C. Combined results, 2 groups.

1. Bald Eagle-1ad
2. Downy Woodpecker-5
3. Hairy Woodpecker-2
4. Northern Flicker-1
5. Blue Jay-3+
6. Black-billed Magpie-3
7. Common Raven-5
8. Black-capped Chickadee-20
9. Boreal Chickadee-3
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch-1 heard
11. White-breasted Nuthatch-2
12. Bohemian Waxwing-1
13. Pine Grosbeak-40+
14. House Finch-8+
15. White-winged Crossbill-1
16. Common Redpoll-150
17. Pine Siskin-50
18. American Goldfinch-1

Coyote-1
Red Squirrel-8
White-tailed Deer-4+

ROL/Photo, Claudine Gaulier-Denis, * Didier 85 * and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


Comments
Brunot
Brunot
Charmant !
2 years ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Vu et admiré avec plaisir au
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HFF ..!
2 years ago.
Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott
Thank you, Brunot and Malik!
2 years ago.
* Didier 85 *
* Didier 85 *
Jolie compo !
2 years ago.