|Christmas came early today wearing a suit of red!|
A flash of shocking red and white suddenly appeared outside my window this morning and it wasn't Santa! The four none birder day trippers I was serving tea all startled with amazement! I have been seeing Redpolls at my feeders and in my garden for years now and all others pale to this one... even the Arctics. It fed most of the day on the ground below the niger seed feeder just outside my window. So close to the house I had a hard time seeing it or taking photos through the glass at a angle. Like a sunset none of these photos do the bird justice.
|on the ground below the window|
|A few Days ago I was thrilled by this!|
but this new Redpoll is now raining on his parade, in the sunshine to boot!
|It hung around all day ever when I cut the lawn|
My book shows this Redpoll is a Spring male of the northern race Carduelis flammea (N Fenno-Scandia)
It is mixed into a group of Twite with 2 other Redpolls a Siskin. They all feed fairly peacefully with occasional visit from Brambling, Chaffinch and House Sparrows.
|Waiting for me to go back in side the house and stop doing yard work or playing football with Henry.|
|Fair Isle Wren - Fair Isle's only indigenous subspecies|
|I can even see a few #'s 9 5 8 1 4 if that helps anyone?|
|The Redpoll in the warm evening light.|
More photos added from the next day.
as it is still here and I can't help but take photos of it!
This one is browner with a brick red head
This one is whiter with a dark red head