[Ontbirds] Redpolls Increasing and Photo ID Article

Jean Iron jeaniron at sympatico.ca
Wed Jan 21 09:28:07 EST 2015

Redpoll numbers are increasing as winter advances. Late winter is often the
best time to see the largest numbers of redpolls and this year is fitting
that pattern. Also we are entering the bottleneck period when diminishing
natural seed supplies are at their lowest. Watch for redpolls to increase at
feeders. Hoary Redpolls (subspecies exilipes) are being seen regularly in
flocks of Common Redpolls. Erwin Meissner reports "Greater" Common Redpolls
(rostrata) west of Sudbury, which is the large more northern subspecies.

REDPOLL SUBSPECIES ID: We have prepared a photo article about the
identification of Common and Hoary Redpolls and their subspecies. Please see

Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway
Toronto ON

P.S. Erwin Meissner reports that two Gyrfalcons are frequenting the Ramsey
Lake area of Sudbury. They are preying on American Black Ducks, Mallards and
Rock Pigeons. He doesn't have email so if you need more information, please
call him at 705-368-0161. 

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