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In non-irruption years, Common Redpolls occur year-round from Newfoundland and Labrador, across northern Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan to southern Alaska. During an irruption year, this species’ winter range is highly variable; sometimes they are reported south to New Jersey across to Iowa in the Midwest and to Washington on the west coast. The map below shows where Common Redpolls are being reported during this invasion season.
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Unedited reports of Common Redpoll through February 1998.

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Wild food preferences of Common Redpoll

The primary wild food of Common Redpolls is tree seeds. The winter finch survey is showing that redpolls are most often found in areas of moderate to heavy seed crops.

The 1997-98 Perspective:

  • The earliest indication that 1997-98 would be a winter finch irruption year came in mid-September, with the report of Common Redpoll in northern Michigan.
  • As early as mid-November, Common Redpolls had moved south into Iowa, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, suggesting the magnitude of this species’ irruption.
  • During the month of December the number of reports of Common Redpoll decreased while the number of Common Redpolls in each report increased. This may indicate an overall increase in flock size as irrupting Common Redpolls flock.


Listen to a recording of Common Redpolls from the Library of Natural Sounds. The first example is that of their trill, then there are a series of flight calls followed by an example of how they sound in a flock.
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