By: Pat Coate
Nice to start the new year off with a new bird – the common redpoll is a lifer for me. We’ve had a pair at our feeders this week. These little finches seem a bit mixed up as they have chosen to winter in WNY where we have a beautiful 18 inches of snow on the ground. In the arctic regions, where common redpolls spend their summers, they have been known to burrow into the snow to sleep (and better maintain their body temperature) and have survived temperatures well below zero (-65 degrees!)
We have both black sunflower seed and thistle feeders. Though the birds have visited both feeders, they have spent more time at the sunflower feeder.
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I couldn’t possibly burrow deep enough in any snow to survive a temperature of -65 degrees. The redpoll is a better man than I.
4 January 2013 at 4:53 pm