The winter finch irruption of 2007-2008 has already blessed us with a new yard bird (Pine Grosbeak) and new high counts of a returning visitors (29 Evening Grosbeaks on Dec 24th). Common Redpolls had visited as well, with counts up to 30. That all changed with the overnight snowfall of 9" in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
Click on this picture to enlarge and see around 54 Common Redpolls on our Advanced Pole System deck set-up. The activity at the niger feeders had been slow over the last few months, so there were only 2 feeders, half filled, out there until this morning's onslaught prompted me to add a third feeder and fill 'em all to the top. We have over 100 redpolls visiting our feeders today.
Just a quick post to share - more on Common Redpolls later!