On the cool side, but a great afternoon for a walk. On arriving at Reifel I heard there were some Evening Grosbeak and Common Redpoll seen earlier in the day. On heading out the east dyke trail where they had been seen, it was not long before I located the Grosbeak. They were not in a great spot for photos, but while watching them I noticed another flock of birds active on the lower inside trail.
It was a good sized group of Pine Siskin. While higher up initially,
… they did make there way down to some lower branches.
It has been a few years since I have managed any shots of the Pine Siskin.
So I quite enjoyed this moment with them cooperating while feeding on the catkins.
Then the Evening Grosbeak made their way to a slightly better location,
… and provided a chance for some photos.
The Evening Grosbeak were busy feeding on some of the remaining Pacific crab apple. After they moved on it was time to find the Siskin again. If the Common Redpoll were around, chances are they would be mixed in with them.
There were a few Common Redpoll mixed in with the Siskin when I relocated the flock. Unfortunately they were not quite as cooperative and this is the only decent shot I managed. Nonetheless, a great afternoon to be out and about enjoying it all.
Over the winter I have made several trips out to locations around here where Common Redpoll had been sighted. These outings netted me neither sightings or photos. Yesterday took me to Deas Island Park, a spot I had not been in some time. Lo and behold, I came across a small flock of Common Redpoll. Unfortunately they were high up in the trees, which is normal, and the back light was too bright. I did manage a few record shots which I did not bother to blog about.
Hoping for better luck I returned today. I located them again early into my walk and once again they were in a poor spot for photos. They then moved off out of sight and I lost track of them. After several laps around the park I was on my way out when I located them again along the same stretch of trail as yesterday.
After a little wait, some of them did make their way a little lower with a more neutral background.
This small finch is normally found and nests in the arctic tundra.
During the winter they will migrate further south.
You will usually find them feeding on the catkins in Alder and Birch trees.
It has been about four years since my last Common Redpoll photos.
Needless to say I was delighted to finally get these today.