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Common Redpolls at our feeders

Common Redpolls have been at our feeders this week, sometimes three, sometimes six. l've seen a few reports of this species at other Twin Cities feeders. This species comes from the north on an irregular basis. As you can see, the American Goldfinches, regular here year-round, are possessive about the food.

This was a BIG Big Year -- 6,042 species

Several weeks ago we mentioned the world-wide Big Year effort of an American birder named Noah Strycker. In 2015, he saw 6,042 bird species, breaking the previous record by more than 1,500 species. He visited 41 countries in his quest, getting his last bird on the year's last day. His account of this is at

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