Common Redpolls at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin on January 3, 2022

Stopping at the Fox River in Waukesha to check out the ducks I got a nice little surprise. In the Alder Trees that line the river there at a few locations, one tree in particular was loaded with the Common Redpolls. They looked very hungry and ate like it was their last meal eating seeds from the Alder Tree tiny cones. They flew a few times to other trees in the area and even some very large mature trees other than Alders. I have seem them here before back in 2016 so not a total surprise. I looked some for Hoary Redpolls but I did not see them. It was a very cold day with temps around 8 degrees with a little breeze, the sun hardly helped warm the air. Images were taken on January 3, 2022.

Common Redpoll, male, just perched on a stump, was eating some fallen cone seeds…

Common Redpoll eating Alder cone seeds…

A bill with a cone seed…

Getting all those seeds or trying to…



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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

7 Responses to Common Redpolls at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin on January 3, 2022

  1. Dennis Kuecherer says:

    Always great photos.

  2. Joan Schrinner says:

    I just love those little birds! Guess I won’t see any here in Florida!

  3. Kym George says:

    These are beautiful shots of them
    Are they at frame park area?

  4. William Holton says:

    Thank you once again for sharing. I never want to take this for granted. Especially the connection with the alders.

  5. ANDREW BURISH says:

    I always look for redpoles but have never seen them. Good work!

  6. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    Cute images Jim. Wish we could see one in our backyard!

  7. Ruth says:

    We are in Brookfield and have a hundred Redpolls constantly at our finch feeders. They are so numerous that the goldfinches, downys, nuthatches, english sparrows, cardinals and juncos rarely come anymore. We had a few of Redpolls last year but not like this winter.

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