For those of us residing here in the Ottawa area, fall is certainly upon us, despite the last efforts of a couple of days of summer sun. With that in mind, many of us are quickly switching gears from summer birding to fall and winter birding, anticipating the arrival of some of our favourite winter birds, including the variety of finch species set to descend upon us.
In what is being touted as an irruption year, expect a wide variety of finch species in your yard as the temperatures continue to fall and northern birds head south for additional and reliable food sources.
As part of this irruption, one of our favourite finch species is expected to make an undeniable appearance; the common redpoll. These beautifully coloured birds are a pleasure to behold and will be a frequent visitor if your yard is set up to accommodate them properly.
Here’s how to spot them: