We are surrounded by wildlife, big and small, in Manitoba. A lot of the small stuff doesn’t get noticed. Our area (Steinbach/southeast Manitoba area) is the southern range of the common Redpoll. When they ‘fly south’ this is south to them. They spend summer in the arctic, and winter here.
We’ve had a big rush of common redpolls here the last couple of weeks. Awesome little birds, they are. And very tricky to get a decent shot of. Patience pays off!
Some video I managed to get in Southeast Manitoba over the last few days.
We have daily visits from a large number of Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) to our feeders. These tiny birds in the Finch family are considered a partial migrant, in that they move somewhat southward from their summer arctic home in late autumn to overwinter. They head back north again in March and April. In North America, they rarely migrate south of Canada. Mature males birds often have bright red breasts while females lack the loud colouration.
Birds Of Canada – We use this book for bird identification. It’s a great resource to have. Full page profiles on the main species found in Canada. Each profile gives information on social behaviour, nesting and feeding habits, bird calls & flight patterns. Crystal clear photographs show each bird in its most frequently seen plumage. Bird enthusiasts of all ages will find it a valuable resource.
Want to get started with backyard bird feeders? Check out some of the products below. They work very well for us.