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.
Redpolls are brown and white birds with streaked sides.
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.
The photo below shows the marking around their eyes.
They enjoy the black oil feeders and pop in and out quickly.
It’s time for Alphabe-Thursday and the letter this week is R. R for redpolls.