Great photos of the Hoary Redpoll from Darlene Friedman

My thanks to Darlene Friedman for allowing me to post some of her photos of the Hoary Redpoll.. They are fabulous!!!  I especially like the comparison shot with the Common Redpoll. I have had this bird in Macomb County before and was lucky enough to photograph one a couple of years ago, but its even more special when they show up in your yard…

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Common Redpoll flock showed up in the yard…. and they brought a Hoary with them!!!

The flock of Common Redpolls has been hanging out behind my house for over a week… today the whole flock circled my yard and 15 of them landed… I looked out and saw the frosty looking one that I have been seeing… It had almost no streaking on it, more white in the secondaries on the wing and a small bill… the second time it came in I was able to see that its undertail coverts where white with no visible streaking from binocular range… My zoom is in the shop, but I snapped a few shots with my 100mm macro… Looks good for a Hoary to me!!

Update: Jen Anderson and Jeff Steinmetz made my day by letting me borrow one of Jeff’s lenses so I could get better photos!!  Thank you so much!!

The Hoary Redpoll hung out all day… at times there were as many as 60-70 Redpolls in my feeders… There was also one White-crowned Sparrow there also.

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Common Redpolls

Common Redpolls

Common Redpolls

Common Redpolls

Common Redpolls

Common Redpolls

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow

Lens is broken

Ahh, the winter doldrums… Its 10 degrees, the snow is blowing and my zoom is broken and in the shop… Snow Buntings, Common Redpolls and Horned Larks are still being seen in the subdivision that is being built behind my home… Today the American Tree Sparrows, House Finches and American Goldfinches cleaned out my feeders…. crazy cold out there…

Long-eared Owls and Bald Eagle

I was unable to get a photo of the Long-eared Owl the other day, but today I managed to get a photo of the two out of three that I found… They were very unalarmed, except one of them kept opening its eyes real wide and then it would turn its head away.. I left them undisturbed after a few photos.. so cool… I also came across a Bald Eagle on Inwood Rd who was feeding on road kill…

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl