Photo of the Day: Common Redpoll

by John Briggs on March 3, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Maine Birds, Photo of the Day

It’s March and the wintry days are numbered. Though I woke up this morning to temperatures near zero and nearly two and a half feet of snow on the ground, the strength of the March sun will not be denied. As the days lengthen, the snow slowly melts away and the temperatures begin their steady climb.

I see the signs of Spring every day. Chickadees, Titmice and Cardinals are singing. The hollow drum of the Pileated Woodpecker resonates through the woods. I watched a pair of Tufted Titmice bonding this morning, the male feeding the female a morsel of food from our feeder. And believe it or not, I saw a Chipmunk scurrying across the snow, from whence it came, I have no idea.

Common Redpolls are still numerous, but soon, they too must heed the call of nature and return to the subarctic boreal and taiga regions to breed. All too soon, the birds of winter will be but a fond memory.

The following photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click the photo for a full-sized view.

Common Redpoll (male) - Acanthis flammea

Common Redpoll (male) - Acanthis flammea

Happy birding!

 

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