Jeannette reports that she already has redpolls at her place in northern Wisconsin.
“Is this early?” she writes. “I seem to remember them arriving in January previously.”
So I offer the question to you, dear readers. Are you seeing red(polls)? Is it earlier than usual?
I know they’ve been seen in the Sax-Zim Bog, but I don’t know if that’s unusually early for the bog. I’m pretty sure I saw a small flock of them on Thanksgiving Day on Duluth’s Western Waterfront Trail. (I didn’t get a good look, but I think they either had to have been redpolls or chipping sparrows.) If I see them at all at my feeders, it’s usually not until almost February. But perhaps they come to my feeders only when other sources run dry.
I’d be interested in your observations.
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