Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday's Foto

As the cycle of cold weather winds down and spring migrants begin to arrive in NYC I have one last winter bird to spotlight. A member of the "winter finch" group of birds, the Common Redpoll is an uncommon sight around the five boroughs. This denizen of the far northern reaches of North America will periodically move south of their normal range when food supplies becomes scarce. These are referred to as irruption years. This winter saw a small number of redpolls around NYC and Long Island. One individual spent a few weeks feeding in a single birch tree in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

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