Four subspecies of redpoll in Manitouwadge

Over a span of several days, while viewing the FeederWatch Canada camera set up in a backyard in Manitouwadge, I observed all 4 subspecies of redpoll: hornemanni, exilipes, rostrata, flammea. The Hornemann’s (hornemanni) was present yesterday, March 2nd, and the Greater (rostrata) was present on both Feb 28th and March 1st. This brings me back to 22 March 2013, when Michael Runtz and I enjoyed a 4 subspecies day at the Hilda Rd. feeders in the west end of Ottawa. Michael first spotted the Hornemann’s — a true snowball. Briefly, a second Hornemann’s showed near the first one. Instead of a faint leathery blush to its breast, it had a faint salmon colouration — assumed trait of a male. It is nice to sit back, sip coffee, and enjoy the sights and sounds of hundreds of redpolls visiting a feeder….remotely viewed from the comfort of one’s own home :).

Photo: Greater (rostrata) Common Redpoll at front.

Photo: Greater (rostrata) Common Redpoll at front, centre, with Southern (flammea) Common Redpolls.

Photo: Hornemann’s (hornemanni) Hoary Redpoll with Southern (flammea) Common Redpoll.

Photo: Hornemann’s (hornemanni) Hoary Redpoll.

Photo: Hornemann’s (hornemanni) Hoary Redpoll.

Photo: Hornemann’s (hornemanni) Hoary Redpoll with Southern (flammea) Common Redpoll.

Resources

eBird HotSpot for the FeederWatch cam: http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/hotspot/L2434245

Link to the Ontario FeederWatch cam: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/38/Ontario_FeederWatch/

Subspecies of Common and Hoary Redpolls, by Ron Pittaway (2015): http://www.jeaniron.ca/2015/redpollsRP.htm