Sunday, 6 December 2015

Redpoll Return

Winter is here, so we go in search of the Redpoll.
One of the best places to look is high up in the Alder or Birch trees where they can be found eating away at the seeds. 
Whilst eating, frequently they have to drink as well, so look out for a patch of shallow water or at the edge of a lake.

I use 'Redpoll' as a collective noun as it can either be the 'Lesser', 'Mealy' or if you are really fortunate an 'Artic' Redpoll. 
I think these I have shot are Lesser, but I could be wrong of course.{:))













22 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous little birds and when I was at the Copeland Island some time ago and we were ringing the Lesser ones, it was great to see them so close in hand.

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    1. Thanks Margaret, yes it was good to see them again.

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  2. Bonjour Roy
    Je ne l'ai jamais vu quelle chance tu as ! Jolies photos en plus.
    Bises

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  3. Definitely 'Lesser' Redpoll Roy. If they were 'Arctic' you may have a local twitch on the cards! 'Mealy' are larger and lighter in colouration and again we don't get those in vast numbers, haven't seen one locally this year.
    J
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    1. Thanks John for your expert advice, yes and I know who would be first in the queue if it was a 'twitch'. {:))

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  4. very nice to look at what the little acrobats are for ...
    greetings Frank

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    1. Thanks Keith. A neck aching job getting these though.{:))

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  6. Redpolls and blue sky, a great combination.

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  7. Must keep a sharp eye out on the alders by the river Devon then, I think!

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    1. They can be anywhere right now Simon.

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  8. Hey Roy... Aren't they cute little birds. Looks so much like our common Redpoll, which I am hoping to see more this winter at the feeders. Wonderful fun shots!

    Grace

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  9. Fantastic photos Roy, Redpolls are always awkward to photograph as they always tend to feed high up in the trees don't they. I too struggle to ID the different species of Redpoll and it wasn't that long ago that Mealy and Lesser were considered the same species!

    Hope you are well and best wishes to all :-)

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    1. Thanks David.
      Yes my neck has just about recovered from staring upwards.{:))

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  10. A pure delight!... Each image...
    Lovely post, Roy!
    Enjoy your week!
    Ana

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  11. You are lucky, I've never even seen one! Great pics. :-)

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    1. Thanks Mandy. We usually get some here in Winter, but its hit and miss where they turn up.

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