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BirdNote: Common Redpoll

Luc Hoogenstein

BirdNote: Common Redpoll

The tiny Common Redpoll, one of the smallest members of the finch family, weighs only as much as four pennies, yet it survives the cold and darkness of winter in the far North. Most birds depart in autumn to warmer climes.

But redpolls feed on birch and alder seeds that are available throughout the winter, no matter how deep the snow.

This little bird typically eats 40 percent of its body weight in seeds every day to keep itself alive. Redpolls are survivors. Be sure to check out the video!