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3 days ago
I am creating this post at 4:50 PM on Feb. 16 to see if it gets shared with our website.
This adult Trumpeter Swan has been foraging in mineral rich waters which have stained its head. Likely on the breeding grounds somewhere. It is likely iron that is causing the staining. ... See MoreSee Less
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I wondered why the swans on the Thompson all had brownish heads!!
Looks like our whites at Paul Lake!
5 days ago
Thaelo Proctor Matthew Ciardullo Taylor Scharf
Kamloops Naturalist Club added 6 new photos.
6 days ago
Common Redpolls are another seed-eating finch that are normally found at higher latitudes in the Boreal and Taiga regions. They are an irruptive species that swarm south, often in large flocks when northern cone crops are inadequate to feed the large populations. They are one of the most common breeding birds of the north.
Birdwatchers in the south look for them anxiously in the winter when they may be found in cone-bearing conifers, birches and alders that have abundant catkins. They are restless little birds that may be feeding quietly and then suddenly burst into flight as a flock and vanish into the distance. Their harsh chattering "che che che" calls are distinctive and are unlike the buzzy, electric -like calls of Pine Siskins which they will associate with on occasion.
The taxonomy of this species and the closely-related Hoary Redpoll is often under debate about just how many species there are. The conservative view is that there is one species of Common Redpoll and it is distinct from the Hoary Redpoll. But other researchers suggest that there may be more than one species of Common Redpoll. Recent DNA studies suggest that there is only one species of redpoll period, with various expressions of physical traits.
Here I have posted a few variations of plumage that one might encounter when looking at this species. ... See MoreSee Less
Interestingly we used to see them frequently, but none for at least a year. Cute birds.
Thanks for this interesting information and photos of variations.
Savanna..... One to look out for! :)