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This common redpoll came a long way from the Arctic for a bite to eat at a feeder in central Illinois. Photos by Chris Young.

Arctic visitor: Common redpoll arrives

December 14, 2012 at 07:04 AM

The State Journal-Register


Backyard bird-feeding enthusiasts have been seeing red-breasted nuthatches, and now a common redpoll has been spotted at a feeder at the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary in Springfield.

Like the nuthatch, the redpoll is a visitor from the north.

Redpolls breed in the Arctic and in the boreal forests of northern Canada and Alaska, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

A lack of food back home pushes these winter visitors farther south than usual.

Check out a video of the common redpoll.

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