Common Redpoll & American Woodcock - Central Park - 1/25/2004

All text and images © Phil Jeffrey 2004

Common Redpoll


Found at the thistle feeders in the Evodia Field - probably an adult female by virtue of relatively clean white underparts and no pink coloration on the breast. The dramatic deep fork in the tail is useful for ID even when it is high up in a tree. Common Redpolls are irruptive species in the same manner as Pine Siskins. Early 2004 saw a small invasion, with many individuals seen at coastal locations like Jones Beach, Island Beach State Park (NJ) and Barnegat Inlet (NJ). Common Redpolls in Central Park are very uncommon, however.

American Woodcock

One of two birds frequenting the Oven Jan 24-25th 2004.