Ever since I read Ron Pittaway's Winter Finch Forecast back in September, I've been looking forward to the arrival of Common Redpolls. In prior irruption years, they'd arrive in mid-December to early-January. But this year, only a single Pine Siskin was showing up, and somewhat irregularly at that.
But with the arrival of our last few snowfalls and single-digit temps, the redpolls have finally arrived!
Like in prior years, the size of the flocks have been increasing, from around 12-15 early on, to 30-ish a couple days ago, to a high count of 53 during today's daylong snowstorm. American Goldfinches are still abundant as well, flocking right in with their finch cousins.
I'm hoping they're around at least through March. I promise to keep the niger feeders filled for them!