Where are the redpolls?
Zap-happy redheads in short supply this winter
Wednesday, Jan 08, 2014 06:00 am
Tiny finch with conical bill for seeds, streaky brown-and-white body, notched tail, little black chin and a red forehead.
Zipping about a feeder with all the agility and sound effects of an X-wing space fighter.
Occasionally confused with:
House finches, which are redder, bigger and have a red crown; pine siskins, which have yellow on their wings; and hoary redpolls, which look the same but are frost white.
They are smart enough to shake the seeds out of birch catkins and eat the seeds that fall on the ground.