Monday, January 12, 2009

Common Redpolls for Ruby Tuesday

The timing today was right on for the arrival of my first Common Redpoll of this winter at our feeders today. A large flock of Pine Siskins descended from the branches of a tall Silver Maple onto our feeder area and I immediately started to search the flock for a Redpoll. And I found one immediately, and then shortly after another. This is a male Common Redpoll . Both male and female have a redpatch on their heads, but it is only the male that has a rosy, red, streaked breast. This little finch is seen in our area primarily during the winter for it spends its breeding season in the northern boreal and taiga regions.

I think he's just the perfect candidate for a Ruby Tuesday posting! To check out other Ruby Tuesday postings, just click HERE, or click on the Ruby on the side bar. My appreciative thanks to Mary/the teach for hosting this site.

30 comments:

dAwN said...

Oh what a pretty bird...I have never seen one before...
I love the first photo with the snowy face.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful!These little guys are so cute.
Blessings,Ruth

Deborah Godin said...

Now that's a great Redpoll photo - congrats! I recall one year in the foothills we had tons of them. We even had one lone Hoary Redpoll among them. It was neat because we thought we'd seen one or two lighter Hoaries before, but once we saw the real one, the difference was unmistakeable. I think the other light ones were just natural variations.

me ann my camera said...

Deborah:
I have had a similar experience with Hoary Redpolls. I kept thinking that I might have seen one, but when I really did, I knew what I was seeing without any question. Its fun searching for the unique ones and I hope this is the beginning of a Redpoll invasion for us as there have been very few, either Common or Hoary around so far this winter. The last couple of days we have been experiencing a Pine Siskin influx, and that's fun too.

Patti said...

He certainly is the perfect candidate for a Ruby Tuesday post.

Great shot of this cute guy.

Leora said...

Such a pretty bird, this redpoll. A handsome male indeed!

ramblingwoods.com said...

I guess I had better take a good look instead of assuming house finch as I did have some last year..Great photos Ann...

Ruth said...

Beautiful pictures. I have seen two flocks in the past week around here.

Mary said...

I just love these little birds! Their color is so pretty and the stripes just make them even cuter. I remember us having a conversation about them last year. I believe we were considering a swap of some sort :-) Just like with the waxwings this year. I thought of you immediately when my waxwings arrived after that wondeful post you had about the Bohemians!

Tina said...

Beautiful photos! I've never seen this little redpoll finch..just adorable and such a sweet face!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Yes, he IS perfect for Ruby Tuesday. What great timing indeed!

Ralph said...

That is a great looking bird, that I haven't seen. As I enjoy seeing cardinals set against the snow in the forsythia, this beauty would be just as welcome, the red complementing the snow very nicely. A beauty!

napaboaniya said...

A beauty in patches of red around it's body. There's a look of wisdom on it's face as well :)

Pia K said...

What a gorgeous looking wee one! Looks like he/she has been eating a lot of cherries...;)

Pagan Sphinx said...

Lovely! I just love your bird photos!

~Just Me Miranda~ said...

They're so pretty!

shutterhappyjenn said...

What a cute bird. But, if I will see it personally for the first time, I would surely think it was injured. At least now I know that it is the bird's real colors.

My RT post is here if you want to visit it. I'd be glad if you do. Thanks!

Sharon said...

You have the cutest little birds where you live. You have captured them with your camera so well too! Thanks for sharing with us!

Carletta said...

Isn't he just the cutest!
Nice clear shot.

madcobug said...

Those are beautiful birds. I hope they stay warm in all that snow. Helen

Sara Chapman in Seattle said...

I've never seen a bird like that. Must be too warm here in Seattle. Beautiful photography, just beautiful. And a perfect Ruby Tuesday post.

laura said...

Great photo!!

maryt/theteach said...

I was going to say just what Patti said, Ann! Lovely! Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Amazing captures of the lovely bird! I've never seen anything like it!

storyteller said...

Lovely little birdie looks COLD to me! I loved the deer photos too so thanks for sharing. Mine's at Small Reflections.
Hugs and blessings,

splummer said...

Hi!
Great Shot!!! Beautiful Bird!! Have a great day!!

Sherrie

Dianne said...

He is a very fancy fellow :)

Raven said...

Your photos are always so wonderful! He's such a beautiful little guy and he looks cold to me. Your eagle shots are gorgeous as are the deer up above. I think those young deer were trying to look in your eyes and say "thank you for the food."

Jew Wishes said...

Oh my gosh! These photos are beautiful...look at that cutie. Precious.

Becky and Gary said...

I thank you for capturing and sharing the Redpolls. I've been rearching also for them among the Siskins, but as yet nothing. They are so cute.
B.