R for Redpolls

Categories: Birds.

Redpolls belong to the finch family.  This little bird is about the same size as a goldfinch, around 12 or 13 cm. long.  Sometimes they are commonly mistaken for house finches or pine siskins.

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Redpolls are brown and white birds with streaked sides. 

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They have a small red patch on their heads, black marking around a yellow bill, and white wingbars. Males have a pale red vest on the chest.

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The photo below shows the marking around their eyes.

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They enjoy the black oil feeders and pop in and out quickly.

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It’s time for Alphabe-Thursday and the letter this week is R.  R for redpolls.

I’m sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday,  Saturday’s Critters and I’d Rather B Birdin.

birds in the garden … critters in the garden … water birds