Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

The hoary redpoll is a small member of the finch family that lives up near the Arctic Circle. They are a circumpolar species, with a range that includes northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Europe and Asia. In Europe and Asia they are referred to the Arctic redpoll. In North America they sometimes migrate down to southern Canada and the northern United States during the winter where they are often mixed in with flocks of common redpoll. The two species look very similar however the common redpoll, which has a range just south of the hoary redpoll, usually has more red on the chest and less white on their wings. We do occasionally see them in northern Minnesota, at locations like the Sax Zim Bog where this photo was taken.




15 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

such a beautiful little bird!

Carver said...

Interesting post and shot for H day. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Roger Owen Green said...

"hoary" suggests unpleasant, but this is a nice little bird


ROG, ABC Wednesday team

i stora drag said...

Nice picture of this sweet little bird! I recogonise it, but I can't remember its name in swedish.

Adding a Google Translator could be good for more than me, but I should appreciate it!

Greetings Pia in Sweden

NewMexiKen said...

Great image of the redpoll. I've been lucky enough to see the Greater species only once.

FjÀllripan said...

So sweet little bird, great captured by you! :)

mick said...

Great photo. It always amazes me that birds can manage to live with all that snow.

Island Rambles Blog said...

very lovely little bird, you do get a lot of wonderful birds there where you live ecobirder, perhaps they just follow you around!

Genie said...

I would never thought a bird could thrive in such cold temperatures. I have learned so much about the joys of birding from blogs like yours. I feel like I really missed out on so much by not being a birder. genie

Linda said...

What a pretty little bird!

Stewart M said...

Nice little bird - we used to get Redpoll on the nature reserve I worked on in the north of England - but that was many years ago!

thanks for the linking on WBW

Stewart M

Danielle said...

Oh this is such a beautiful bird. Nice photography.

joo said...

It's so lovely!

Pat said...

Pretty little bird!

Neil said...

Beautiful little bird great photo.