Common Redpolls at Grant Park in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on January 6, 2018

Doing some birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning, the highlight was the Common Redpolls at Grant Park. I stopped by this morning where the feeder was present last year, and that is where Common Redpolls were. The Common Redpolls in numbers of 2-4 showed up for short periods in that area on and off why I was there. It appeared some bird seed was present on the ground from who ever there and that was the attractant for the Common Redpolls. Off the feeder, I have enjoyed watch this species eating cone seeds of the Alder Trees in the state. Other species present at Grant Park, Blue Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, both White and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and very many Mourning Doves. It was a bright sunny day with low winds, temperature was about -1 F at the feeder. Images were taken on January 6, 2018.

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Binomial name: Carduelis flammea

Category: Redpolls

Size: 5.25” long, 9” wing span

Weight: .46 oz

Common Redpoll

A pair…

Common Redpoll just off a ways…

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll on the ground looking for seeds…

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Common Redpolls at Frame Park in Waukesha Wisconsin on January 16, 2016

I birded some of Milwaukee’s lakefront this morning to see what was around. Highlight at the lakefront was a immature Great Black-backed Gull and an adult that spent the time out in the water. The fun was just starting as I started heading home a received a text from Ryan S that Common Redpolls were near Frame Park in Waukesha. When I arrived, Ryan was just going to try to relocate them as they had flown off. After a 1/4 mile walk we relocated them along the river feeding on the cones on some Alder trees. What a show they put on with nice views. It was about a flock of 15-25, some came and went but the majority of them hung around for while. For the most part they continually pulled seeds from the cones and ate them. I had been down to the river 3 times this week looking for the Redpolls with no luck so this really made my day and the others that had been looking for them. A big thank you to Ryan for the text message this morning. Later Derek and Bruce showed up and also enjoyed the show. Images of the Common Redpolls eating seeds or gathering them were taken on January 16, 2016.

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

Common Redpoll

Binomial name: Carduelis flammea

Category: Redpolls

Size: 5.25” long, 9” wing span

Weight: .46 oz

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll extracting the Alder seed from the cone

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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It’s all about food! Common Redpoll extracting the Alder seed from the cone

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Common Redpoll

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Common Redpoll extracting the Alder seed from the cone

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll extracting the Alder seed from the cone

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll extracting the Alder seed from the cone

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll extracting the Alder seed from the cone