From the South

I’m feeling cold this morning, so I’m glad to share some contributed pictures from farther south.
Kim Gerety from the western side of Dallas — oops, make that the western side of Dallas County, Iowa — offers a couple of pictures from the Gerety yard.
Both of these are “yelling” birds, Kim writes.
First, a common redpoll:

That strikes me as pretty far south for a redpoll, but I could be mistaken. I hear they’re all over the place, but I haven’t seen any at my thistle feeders yet.
Next, Kim offers a couple of American goldfinches:

The goldfinches were a surprise, Kim writes, and adds: “That seed and nut cylinder thing has been a hit with the birds. I think nearly every bird we have visit has eaten from it.”
She thought she had enough for the winter, but the birds ate through 1 3/4 pounds in about three weeks.
Kim and husband Kevin went out birding on a chilly Iowa Saturday and identified more than 20 species. The favorite find: a flock of Lapland longspurs. They’ve heard them before but had never seen them, Kim writes.

Is Iowa not far enough south for you? Check out Bernie St. George’s picture of a finch showing off its yellow at the winter home in Florida:


Bernie writes that it was 70 degrees at the time — at 7 p.m.
Knowing that makes me feel colder. Maybe it’s time for another cup of tea.

Your bird stories and photos from North, South and everywhere else vigorously welcomed at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.

4 thoughts on “From the South

  1. Last week I had a flock of red crossbills feeding in my spruce tree. A first for me, never saw one before til now. A mixture of males and females. Continue to see male and female cardinals, determined there are at least 2 of each. Never come to the feeder together. But sometimes one will be in a tree and the other at the feeder. Seem very territorial when feeding. Also lots of redpolls continue coming. Saw a mourning dove a few days ago.

  2. The small bird referred to as a finch is in fact a warbler. Look at the bill and finch will be crossed off the list immediately. It looks as though the cap is rusty which suggests that it is a palm warbler.

  3. I lived in NJ until 2004 and Redpolls were reported there every year. Naturally I never saw one until I moved to Minnesota. We’ve been seeing Redpolls in Todd County almost every day since mid November.

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