Friday, 27 February 2015

Common Redpolls (Sizerins flammés) At My Feeders

Waterloo, ON
27 February 2015

     Yesterday we saw the first Common Redpolls Acanthis flammea of this winter at the bird feeders in our back yard. Always a favourite, we were very happy to see these tiny gems that enliven even the cruelest of winter days.

     Today is my birthday and what finer present could I have than that they would show up again? Right now just two birds are putting in an appearance, but I am sure that more will soon join them. In years past we have had as many as twenty or thirty in the yard at the same time. My investment in Nyger seed is well repaid by the pleasure they give us.

     Thanks for coming to see us!


  1. Splendour pictures of this beautiful bird.
    Greetings Tinie

  2. Nice shots David. So cute.
    Well done!!

    Best regards,

  3. Hi David,
    your photos are really wonderful and amazing.
    Best regards, Synnöve

  4. They are beautiful ! I love their red accents! Lovely shots !
    Happy Birthday !

  5. If I understand correctly, it's your birthday today, so I wish you all the best. I wish you a beautiful view of many of the birds that you show. Regards.

  6. Happy Birthday, David.

    What a wonderful present, having the Redpolls visit you! The Lesser Redpolls we sometimes get here now totally ignore the Nyger, and go for the sunflower hearts. I've now put the Nyger feeders into storage. Some of the birds we get are significantly paler than the others and I've sometimes wondered if they were Common Redpoll, but I see your birds are much paler still, so I guess not.

    I hope you continue to enjoy your day.

    Best wishes to you both - - - - - Richard

  7. Happy Birthday, David! I love your Redpolls, great shots.

  8. Happy Brithday, David and what a wonderful birthday present. Such beautyful birds!
    Loveley captures of them at the feeder.
    Have a nice weekend.

  9. Happy Birthday David! Yes, a lovely present indeed. I have never had Redpolls in the yard, even though I have feeders filled with Nyger. Lovely shots!

  10. Happy Birthday, David! I hope you have plenty of pretty visitors at the feeder.

  11. Beautiful images of this Redpoll.
    Perfect photographed, David.
    A little late, but still happy birthday.
    Have a happy weekend.

  12. Hope you enjoyed your special day David!!

    Love the bird photos!!

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  13. Beautiful birds. I hope you had a great birthday, David, congratulations.
    Gr Jan W

  14. I hope you had a very happy birthday. I was just looking at Redpolls in my American field guide last night - they really are tough little birds.

  15. Happy Birthday David. It would be nice to see one or two of those Commons amongst our
    Lessers in the next few weeks.

    Nyger never fails does it?

  16. Happy "bird-day" again my friend! LOL!!
    I agree, the birds are gorgeous, I would be very happy to see them at my feeder, but not a chance!!
    Lovely close-ups!
    We can't see the end of drab days here.... It rains nearly every day :(
    Keep well, hugs to you and Miriam!

  17. Ohhh .... great to see these redpolls David and what can make beautiful pictures you have it! Also congratulations on your birthday,. You get a big birthday kiss xxx