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Old Dec 30, 2007, 2:52 PM   #1
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We've had the most snow ever recorded in December where I live. As a result the snowbanks that line our driveways are huge.The bird feeder I keep hung from my tree had been buried in one of those six foot high snowbanks until recently, when the temperature warmed up and melted some snow.The feeder reappeared earlier today and I spotted what I first thought was a sparrow of some kind which I took a photo of. Wasn't until I looked at it on the PC that I saw that it was something else - which I had never seen before in my three years here.:shock:A common redpoll. I'll add it to the list of new birds discovered in 2007. Cheers, Dan
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Old Dec 30, 2007, 4:22 PM   #2
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I've yet to get a shot of one of these.
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Old Dec 30, 2007, 6:20 PM   #3
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Pretty bird, Dan. They look like a mixture of a Sparrow and aGoldfinch. Don't know where the red crown would come from. Amazing howall thelittle birds can survive the weather extremes the way they do.
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Nice shot Dan. I've noticed a few around Calgary lately. They move down from the north this time of year.

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congrats on your discovery. always a treat when you find something you don't expect.

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Old Dec 30, 2007, 7:59 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. Sabine, you are so right. I didn't know if I was looking at a finch or a sparrow. Later in the day I spotted 6 more of them in the back yard, hopping about the snow for the seeds that had fallen off my other feeders. I had a good look at themwith my binoculars through the patio door. I tried to open the patio door to get some shots but they flew off and didn't return . But now that I know what they are I won't confuse them for another bird. Cheers, Dan
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Dan - my parents attract them to feeders with Niger seed. Those finches find it irresistible!

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