Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Redpoll: New Year's Day Visitors



We'd never seen them before!

Update from a friend: they've been seen as far south as Connecticut. The reason is because of poor seed and berry crops, particularly on birches, some spruces and mountain ash trees. Redpolls and pine siskins, for example, feed heavily on birch seed. Pine grosbeaks feed on the berries of the mountain ash.

2 comments:

Rev Dr Mom said...

Very cool! I've never seen one before, either.

fleurmagnifique said...

I think I may have seen them too. I've emailed you a recent article about their rare appearance in these parts.