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Jan 11, 2013

150 Redpolls at a time

Photos by BarrytheBirder

There have been approximately 150 Redpolls at the backyard feeders since just before Christmas.   This is the most we have ever had at one time in the 25 years we have had these feeders.   The Redpolls come in all sorts of colour configurations as you can see in the photos above.   Some have no red, except for the spot on the top of the head, others have considerable red on their breasts.   Some have noticeable brownish-grey striping on the sides of their breast and others have little or none.   Then there are ones with some form of leucism that turn all or some of the feathers completely white.   Leucistic white feathers can occur in small or large blotches or in stripes.   The bottom photo above, while in poor focus, does show vertical white stripes up the back of a Redpoll with a touch of leucism.
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