Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) - Photo by Alan Sorum

The common redpoll (Carduelis flammea) is a finch found n Alaska’s boreal forests and arctic tundra. These small, colorful birds that wear a red cap or poll, are true cold weather survivors. They can fluff up their contour feathers to improve insulation, burrow into the snow to preserve heat and store seeds they have gathered in a throat pouch that allows them to shell and eat the seeds in a sheltered location.

Copyright – 2013 by Alan Sorum.

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