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Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls

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Common Redpoll
Winter finches such as Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, and White-winged Crossbills can be seen in large numbers around the country in certain years, so watch for them at your bird feeder. These are known as "irruptive species". They migrate south of their usual range in some years, usually in search of food. Being finches, they are especially attracted to thistle seed (the tiny black birdseed, not the same as the seed from our native thistle plant).

Since these birds like to feed in large flocks, offering two or more thistle feeders will make your feeding station more appealing to these birds. For more on attracting finches, see Episode 106 of Stokes Birds At Home.

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