January 26, 2009
I've got a Red Poll!
............ On Saturday, January 24th I was thrilled to discover we had a new species of bird visiting the feeders. He is called a Common Redpoll. Ang was downstairs and I rushed her up to the kitchen to confirm this bird with me through the binoculars. She did and it was funny because earlier she had predicted we would get them at some point this winter.
On Sunday I spotted a female as well... must be his little mate. I hope we get more. Below is a little bit of info on them taken from www.allaboutbirds.com
The Common Redpoll is an abundant breeding bird of the boreal and taiga regions, the Common Redpoll is seen in North America primarily only in the winter. Even then, it generally occurs during irruptions, typically every other year.
Irruptions are generally thought to be related to the lack of availability of food in their more natural winter habitat.
Redpolls have throat pouches for temporarily storing seeds. They may fill their pouches with seeds quickly then fly away to swallow the seeds in a more protected, warmer spot.