We had a more unusual visitor to our feeding station this morning - a beautiful Redpoll turned up to feed on our sunflower hearts!
The redpoll is a small, rather dark coloured finch with a red crown. The adult has brown upper-parts with blackish streaking on its back and sides; underparts are buffish, blending into white on the belly area. The male sometimes shows a pink flushing on the breast during the spring/summer period.
The call is a 'chee-chee-chit.' The song is a distinctive, high-pitched purring trill, which can often be heard high-up whilst in flight above woodland.
Once called just a redpoll; they are now broken down into mealy redpolls, lesser redpolls, and various other races that have made identification difficult (personally, I don't worry about it and just categorise them as redpolls!).
Their population have fallen significantly in recent years, but indications are that they are recovering and once again may be a regular visitor to our gardens.
It's a lovely addition to any garden; so please keep your eyes peeled for this wonderful visitor, you may just be lucky enough to see one feeding from your bird feeders. Good luck!
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