We have had a lot of Redpolls visiting our feeders this year and when a huge flock arrives I often think to myself, ".. there must be at least a million!" An exaggeration? Well, definitely yes; but the numbers of birds does seem that impressive at times. The other day I took a photo of a small group that had landed in our tall Silver Maple Tree and then tried to count them. I am very bad at estimating numbers in groups and have a tendency to err on the side of less, rather than more.
How many Redpolls were in the group? To get an accurate count I printed off the picture and then grouped the bunches as I counted. How close was your estimate? There were 90 Redpolls in all. This is a counting method that works best for me.