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Bird of the Month for December, 2013 (from
the Phillip's Fetching Birds
Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)
Common Redpolls are one of those wildly irruptive finchy birds, their nomadic migrations are dependent on food supplies, meaning some winters in New England we don't see any and other years we see flocks of up to several hundred at once. This one's an adult female, males look similar but have a rosy splash on their chests and brighter red headlamps. They do come to winter feeding stations, especially for thistle and nyjer seed, otherwise look for them in open weedy fields with patches of willow, birch, and alder trees nearby.
Global Bird of the Month for December 2013 (from the Birds of Earth calendar)
Bearded Reedlings (aka Bearded Tits) are a freshwater wetland songbird, ranging from the UK across Eurasia all the way to to the Pacific. Like our Carolina Wren, they aren't migratory but are vulnerable to especially hard winters which many don't survive. Markus Varesvuo photographed this debonaire male in Finland, females lack the bold mustachios.
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