Redpolls in Blizzard

Pine Siskins, left and Redpoll, right, fight for feeding rights.

Pine Siskins, left and Redpoll, right, fight for feeding rights.

I posted the photo above for the Photo Challenge last week on the rule of thirds. I’m reposting because it’s my best redpoll photo.

Out of focus Redpoll being shown direction to other bird feeders by annoyed Pine Siskin.

Out of focus Redpoll being shown direction to other bird feeders by annoyed Pine Siskin.

 

Redpoll

Redpoll

The first time I ever saw a redpoll, it was raining. The red spot on the top of the head was glistening, and I thought the bird was bleeding!  Redpolls are one of my favourite birds, partly because of the colouring, partly because they only come around when the weather is horrid (i.e. very cold or stormy or both) and partly because it’s usually outnumbered 20:1 by goldfinches or pine siskins.

Redpoll profile

Redpoll profile

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4 comments on “Redpolls in Blizzard

  1. They look very happy with the food .. Love the first pic! That red does look at first glance like a wound. Im glad it isn’t 😊

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful pictures, Bunty

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