The little Redpolls are back. They are about twenty days later this year. I am not certain what moves them from place to place….food, weather, boredom?
They are the only birds we have that attack a thistle feeder like there is no tomorrow. (The Goldfinches will give them a run for their seeds later in the spring.) I cleaned out their feeder really good, we also have a hanging thistle feeder sock that the squirrels attacked, although my sewing skills suck I can wield a needle and thread good enough to patch a feeder sock. I have purchasd a replacement and will not be patching that one again…there is a limit to my sewing skills.
Chance thought it was a gold mine when I dumped the feeder out in the snowbank to clean it. He is now tracking in seeds, some of which hang onto his chin hairs and find their way into his water dish…silly dog.