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Dec 5, 2012

Dec. 4 - first Common Redpoll of season

It was a balmy 14C and raining, not the kind of day one would expect to see the first redpoll of the season.   But there it was, ensconced at the Niger Seed feeders with the American Goldfinches.   My Peterson field guide says: "...resembles an American Goldfinch or a Pine Siskin".   Apart from overall size, I'm not so sure about that comparison, but I suppose the term 'resembles' allows for a liberality of interpretation.   Whatever, this dear little bird is always welcome.
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