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
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.