However, when I got out home and stepped out of the car, I thought I had seen some reddish hues on one of the many Pine Siskins that was on one of my thistle feeders. The bird was on the backside of the feeder. I figured it was just a trick of lighting and proceeded to go into my house. The feeder than turned in the breeze and then I noticed that I was looking at a male Common Redpoll! This particular feeder is right next to the porch. I was very close to the bird, and since I just got back from birding, I had my camera around my neck. I was able to get this very fast shot of the bird before I spooked it.
This is only the second redpoll that I have ever seen here. The last and only other time was a female in November of 1999. It stayed off and on for about a month.
Filled the feeders back up hoping that something else nice shows up (I'll accept more redpolls too!)
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