Description: About the size of a goldfinch, but appearing rounder, the common redpoll has a reddish cap on its head, a dark bib, yellow bill, and sometimes rosy pink on the breast. Redpolls are able to store seeds in their esophagus for later eating. In winter, look for small flocks of this little, vocal finch around alders and birches where they feed on the seeds, or at one of the bird feeders.
Regular (expected annually; defined as the average number of individual birds per birding day, week, or month expected by an experienced observer under normal circumstances in the proper habitat at the optimum time of season):
P= Permanent Residents (although wild birds are possible; look for clipped wing)
AB = Abundant (30+ per day)
VC = Very Common (10-30 per day)
C= Common (3-10 per day)
FC = Fairly Common (1-3 per day)
U = Uncommon (2 per week to 1 per day)
VU = Very Uncommon (3 per month to 2 per week)
R = Rare (1-3 per month)
Irregular (absent some years; defined as an average of one record by all observers in the stated number of years):
O = Occasional (1-3 years)
CA = Casual (3-11 years)
AC = Accidental (11+ years)
Designations for winter water birds are based on periods when lakes are mostly icefree.
(~) Captive birds
Spring (March 6 - June 5)
Summer (June 6 - August 15)
Fall (August 16 - November 30)
Winter (December 1 - March 5)
Bird Photographs: Jim Ault, Carol Freeman, Jim Steffen.