The common redpoll was seen this morning by quite a few birders from near and far, in the same general area where it has been reliable. It is becoming more difficult both to find the bird and to see it well because it is now moving with a large flock of lesser goldfinches that travels rather widely around the area, splits up into separate sub-flocks, etc. You may have to wait longer for the flock to land in an area near the road (which they do; today the redpoll was actually seen on the road). The goldfinch flock is skittish (there is much harrier activity), making close approach to the redpoll much more difficult than it was when the bird was consorting only with the little group of Savannah sparrows.
The red-naped sapsucker and tree sparrow are still in their spots.
Kenneth P. Able
Bob's Creek Ranch
535-000 Little Valley Road
McArthur, California 96056
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