The Wildlife of
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Finches and Buntings - The Redpoll

First seen on Thursday 15th July 2021 at Wallington

The Redpoll is one of our many species of finch, and is mostly seen as a winter visitor. It is normally identified by a red patch on its head. They have buff colouration, streaky sides and a neat dark bib. They feed like Siskin, hanging acrobatically from branches picking out seeds.

Redpolls come in many varieties, and their plumage varies considerably. I've labeled this one as simply a Redpoll, but it is actually called a Lesser Redpoll and is the common form. There is also a much less common form called a Mealy Redpoll, which is confusingly also called a Common Redpoll.