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!



Robin Robinson March 3, 2011 at 9:36 am

Sweet, tweet, tweet, tweet! Still have flock of 75 or so here swarming around like some kind of tree and ground lice in their rolling ground foraging, movement in the trees and air.

Zen Birdfeeder March 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

I enjoyed your post and portrait of your winter visitor!
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@Aquapunct March 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

Had no idea Redpolls could use chopsticks :) Nice Shot!

Nina Kuriloff March 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

That is a gorgeous shot!
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MaineBirder March 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

Thanks everyone for your kind words and for visiting!

Jessica December 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

It's late Dec here in central NY, and I've just seen my first redpoll ever! Beautiful bird and you captured it wonderfully. So glad I found it in google images, to share with my dad.

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