Redpoll in disguise

Posted March 23rd, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

When I saw this common redpoll in my backyard the other day it immediately brought to mind a wren. Why? Its tail was cocked up ala just about every wren species. It was something I’d never seen a redpoll do. It’s possible, I suppose, this particular bird had a problem of some sort i.e. broken bone or wrenched muscle. But it sure seemed to be confident in what it was doing. Lest you think this was a brief, one-time flick of the tail, that wasn’t the case. It held its tail like this all day. Take a look:

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