Posted by: atowhee | March 29, 2012


John and Stephanie Bullock found about eight Common Redpolls feeding on the ground in their garden. Their house is at about 2000′ elevation in Ashland.  A HANDBOOK OF OREGON BIRDS describes the Common Redpoll as a rare irruptive species beyond the far northeastern corner of the state where the species can usually be found in the Blue and Wallowa Mountains every winter.  This colorful little finch breeds in the boreal forests and tundra scrub across northern Europe, Siberia and North America. SINCE POSTING THIS MORE THSAN ONE PERSON HAS LOOKED AT THE PHOTO AND SUGGESTED THESE ARE CASSIN’S FINCHES.  ONE PERSON SAID THE RED CROWN IS TOO EXTENSIVE TO BE A REDPOLL.


  1. I remember Redpolls from Alaska and they have a red “forecrown”. These birds are more likely Cassin’s Finches as suggested by others. The red crown extends further over their head.

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