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January 12, 2011


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Barbara - thanks much. Still waiting on the crowds to arrive this year!
Peg - agreed!


Amazing photos! Your Redpolls remind me of a swarm of bees!


WOW what a gang! Great shots - have never seen so many at one time!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Marianne - have patience - here's MY take (and I could very well be wrong) - they're still on the move. In irruption years, I show great fluctuation in their numbers - from 30 on a count day to 140 on a count day. They (like goldfinches) travel widely for food throughout the day too, so you've got to catch them. When you do, it's awesome.

Marianne Russell

Wish mine would come back. Had them for just one day last week and that was it. I didn't know they'd only be here for one day, or I'd have taken pictures of the cute little things! Could easily identify both males and females, though.

The Zen Birdfeeder

BIF - coming right over!
Robin - I've often compared the scene to swarming bees. It's pretty awesome to watch.
Eileen - boy these redpolls are in demand!


WOW, can anymore fit on that feeder. I have room here if you wan to send some my way. I really want to see a Redpoll.

Robin Robinson

That mob scene is almost creepy, like a wasps' nest! Nice capture

Birding is Fun!

Please send some red polls to Utah!

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


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