Monday, April 4, 2011


Common Redpolls were forecast to be an "invasion bird" this winter. And invaded they have, but they started invading really late in the winter, around February. It's not likely that they are still heading south, but there are some lingerers around. Two such birds turned up at the Central Park feeders and I went to see them on April 3rd. I found one adult male and a much drabber bird that on checking my photos turned out to be a first winter male. They didn't stick around for long (and certainly not close to as long as the long-staying Varied Thrush, still present in the park on April 14th).

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