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Saturday, November 19, 2011


Currently -20C (earlier -24C)
I noticed a flock of small birds in the birch trees as I glanced out the window while having my breakfast  and wondered if they were redpolls.  Were they going to stay or fly on through?  At ten thirty I went out to see about the feeders, and found a very determined redpoll sitting in the platform feeder gobbling up the sunflower seeds as fast as she* could shell them.  Every now and again she would poke her head up for a quick look round (my chance to take a picture).    

Common Redpoll

*Both the male and female have a red crown, but the female lacks
the red cheeks and breast.

Downy Woodpecker

Black-capped Chickadee