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Redpolls summer in Canada, become ‘winter finches’ here

The common redpoll is an irregular winter visitor in our area. This bird is probably a young male that is going to breed for the first time this spring. (photo: Bill Danielson)
The common redpoll is an irregular winter visitor in our area. This bird is probably a young male that is going to breed for the first time this spring. (photo: Bill Danielson)
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Last week I finished off my introductory column with a little challenge. I presented you with a photo of a bird and wondered if you could identify it. This week, as promised, I provide the answer to the question and a few “up close and personal” details about the common redpoll. Common redpolls spend the summer in the great Canadian north. Up that far they nest in the open tundra and line their nests with ...


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