Common Redpoll

There was only a handful of visitors when I arrived to help out at Reifel this afternoon. Not surprising given the rain and wind. Highlight from the morning walk were some Common Redpoll seen along the inside grassy trail. I started off down the east dyke where a Great Horned Owl was at the northeast corner in one of its usual roosts. Along the centre dyke trail,

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

… a Barred Owl was also in one of its regular spots in a birch tree. Then while  making my way back to the middle of the display ponds where all the trails converge (sometimes referred to as the triangle),

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

… I came across the large flock of Common Redpoll.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

They were busy feeding on the catkins.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

It has been a while since I have had a chance to photograph Common Redpoll. Despite the weather, it was the bright spot of my day.

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