LESSER REDPOLL

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

The Bri­tish breed­ing Lesser Redpoll is aptly named as the small­est of the redpoll com­plex. Oc­to­ber sees birds move away from the breed­ing grounds, and they are fre­quently en­coun­tered dur­ing ’vis­i­ble mi­gra­tion’ watches as fly-overs. They are tiny, tit-like finches with black on the bib, through the eye and just above the bill, be­fore the red splash on the fore­crown which gives the bird its name. Adult males are flushed pink on the breast, oth­er­wise they are brown- and buff-streaked birds. Through the winter they will feed on the seeds from Birch and Alder catkins.

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