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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Redpoll & Friends























7 comments:

  1. Glorious photos again Mark. We had our first redpoll visit the garden last year but my photos were sadly not as good as yours!

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  2. Hi Mark! What a beautiful bird the redpoll is from the top of its red head to the tips of its black feet! This is a new bird for me. I've never seen it before. That buzzard type bird doesn't look like a friend, though. I got worried at the next picture of the redpoll looking up! I didn't want the series to end with blood on the snow! And what is that speckled black bird at the end? You often get that twist of mystery or tension in your photos ~ nicely done!

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  3. Yes - one of those friends is not looking so friendly. I've never seen a Redpoll but always wanted to. Now I have. Absolutely beautiful. That looks a bit like a Starling at the end but I'm sure it's something far more exotic!

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  4. Thanks all for kind comments on the redpoll, but lest we forget the lowly starling. The best talking bird I have ever known was a starling that had over one hundred words in its vocabulary, could whistle 4-5 tunes start to finish, swear like street corner huckster and had the most uncanny ability to apply its choice of language to the situation at hand. If you tried putting your hand in the cage it would holler: "get out! GET OUT!." It would proclaim to all who came near enough to hear: "My name is Jack. I'm a smart bird" followed by a well inflected whistled rendition of 'I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy'. No crested myna, or parrot of any kind could touch him, ratty looking fellow that this Sturnus vulgaris appeared!

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  5. Redpolls are becoming more popular from my understanding. I was listening to CBC a couple weeks ago and someone from the South Shore had called in and had a huge flock in her backyard. These are new to me as well, real beauties!
    Thank you for the Eric Bibb video and of course Sting with the incredible Quentin Crisp.

    Ron

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  6. The feeders in my back yard attract the starlings but they bring the juncos and other ground feeding birds with them. Waking up to the songs and ruckus of a flock of starlings is an amazing way to start the day. Did I tell you we had a hawk dive down towards one of the feeders and swoosh back up with a junco in it's clutches? I think it was a red tail definitely not a vulture hawk....they kind of scare me....must be their name. Have a great week, Mark.

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