Common Redpoll – Carduelis flammea – also known as Mealy Redpoll (the name of a nearly identical sub-species Carduelis flammea flammea, but also appears to be the UK name for Carduelis flammea), Sizerin flammé (French), Birkenzeisig (German), Czeczotka (Polish), Gråsiska (Swedish), Urpiainen (Suomi (Finnish)).
A lifer for me, and they came right to the feeder! Isn’t it nice when they do that for you? I wasn’t even “out” birding, but rather doing some routine cleaning – and there they were! Birding for lifers from the warmth of my own kitchen. And, since it was during last week’s ice storm, there wasn’t going to be any birding if they hadn’t come to the feeder.
Common Redpolls are small finches with a red cap and a black mask. Both sexes have white bodies with stripes, but the males have a reddish blush to them. Of the three photos above, the top two feature two females at the top perches and a male at the bottom perch. The third photo is just a close-up of the male.
These birds summer pretty much as north as possible (it looks near Arctic on the map). They winter in southern Canada, and from the northeastern United States west to Colorado. In the Midwest, their range extends south to Missouri.
Photo taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens on December 9, 2007, in Davenport, Iowa.
Biological Ramblings has a nice post of Common Redpoll resources.