2022—Flagging Out

They were everywhere we went in Sax-Zim Bog, in flocks that swooped across the roads and among the trees. Despite their tiny size, they held their own with the larger birds at the feeders. The Common Redpoll is slightly more than half the size of the much larger Pine Grosbeaks and just a bit larger than a Goldfinch. With a distinctive red patch on the top of their head and a black stripe down the top of their beaks they tend to stand out. This little one is flagging out from a bare stem as it watches for a chance to pop onto the feeder.