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Well, the day got better still! There among the milkweed was a small flock of Common Redpolls!
I had only seen this bird once before, during our second winter here in Pinckney. We had a good sized flock--15 to 20 birds--show up at our feeders for several weeks in January. This was so much better, seeing them in a more natural habitat.
They were quite intent on eating and didn't pay much attention to us.
|The female lacks the purple-ish breast of her male counterpart.|
Redpolls are a winter visitor to Michigan, breeding in the sub-arctic regions far to our north. Food supply determines how far south they venture, and so they are often a highly desired bird of those keeping a list. I was thrilled to get to see them again.
Redpolls are fairly nondescript it until you see them head on. I just love their rosy foreheads and yellow bills.
This little lady paused to check me out, her sweet face hidden behind the stem.