They are amazing in breeding plumage. If you haven't done so already,
checkout the photo I took of one that was at our feeder posted April 5 at
http://northernwingsbirder.blogspot.com. As late as your bird is, he may all
dressed up for a date that won't occur this season.
On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 8:38 PM, Peter Manship <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I always look at the feeding station before calling it a day just to see
> the last bird of the day is and boy was I surprised when I looked out and
> a Common Redpoll at the base of the main feeder, A male and I'd have to say
> in the best color I've ever seen a C. Redpoll. The red cap just glowed it
> so bright, guessing Breeding Plumage extra color pigment maybe. Does anyone
> know about this bright red color? Is it normal spring breeding color and
> because they are up north be now so we don't get to see it ?
> Never thought I'd see a redpoll at 8:17 pm on May 20, but this year has had
> some amazing birds, so why not.
> Good Birding
> Peter Manship
South Reading, VT