I havent seen a Redpoll in this part of East Gloucestershire before. It was 21 January at 13.30 I only saw one and I dont know if its a Commin Redpoll or lesser Redpoll
I agree with Robbo, start with the most likely species before looking for rarities. In this case the law of averages suggests Lesser Redpoll, we have been watching good numbers of them recently feeding in Alders and mixing with Siskin flocks
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Since this is the first time I ever seen a Redpoll here locally I didnt know Redpolls forage in flocks mostly cause the bird was on her own and it was the first time Iv ever seen one. If it was with a flock I wouldn’t of been surprised to find out they usualy forage in a flock. birds that forage in flock tend to be with the flock rather than on there own most of the time unless calling to the flock or something. The bird was relaxed instead of alert and looking for birch seeds and preening even though she was on her own. Some Birds flock more in the Winter so it seems strange to me that she’s on her own and no Repolls flocked there. Do you know why the Redpoll was on her own?
Hi shape and overall marking strength and especially bill size says Lesser to me :) S
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These bills for size
This morning the Redpoll visited and then landed on the tree and brought a flock with her. Yesterday She looked like she was on her own but maybe her flock was nearby but not anywhere to be seen or heard. she might of been looking for a food source and decided to tell the flock where the food is yesterday And then decided to return today. They visited the silver Birch tree twice this morning. Maybe yesterday the bird found a food source which was on the Silver Birch tree and then found her flock after she left and then told the flock and returned with the flock when she visited again this morning
When I was younger I didn’t used to see any birds at all unless they were on the ground like Woodpigeons but when I was much younger I had a very bad phobia of Wild animals even domestic ones so would hide and Panic and would get high levels of anxiety if they were around. I had bad exspeariances with things like geese cats Bumblebees and wasps and spiders and goats, other wild animals and dogs exspeacialy and wouldnt go anywhere that had them unless they were behind a fence. The only exception was that snakes cause I didn’t have bad exspeariances with them. I didn’t know much about wild animals and didn’t understand them. When I was older I decided to face and overcome my fear of dogs which took a year to overcome entirely then I went onto cats and then Birds. Then goats and the other animals I had bad exspeariances with. Then I did Spiders. I started with big spiders first and took my first step by handling a tarantula at longleat and when I Overcame my fear of big spiders I went onto small ones and then daddylong legs, craneflys and harvesmen and flys then Bumblebees and then wasps. After I overcame my fear of others aswell I helped Wildlife out in the garden when they were in trouble. And then I birdwatched more and did Wildlife watching and then wanted to help with Research and conservation aswell. I record the calls of differant types of birds in my area sometimes when I hear them. and find it very interesting. I know the birds in my area very well now and even though I saw Redpolls for the first time I don’t get Siskins, and Iv never ever seen a Siskin before. Do you know how to attract them?
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