Common Redpoll

Acanthis flammea Order: Passeriformes Family: Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
Acanthis flammea Order: Passeriformes Family: Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

An irruptive species, this exceptionally hardy little finch appears in backyards in huge numbers some years, and is virtually non-existent there in other winters. It feeds on nyjer and sunflower, on the ground as well as in feeders. Keeping feeding stations raked when warmish weather arrives is important to prevent redpolls and siskins from getting salmonella, botulism, and other diseases from decomposing seed.

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