Looks a little crowded at the feeder doesn't it?
These are Common Red Polls. They are a member of the finch family and look similar to pine siskins.
They have a red poll or cap on their heads and the males have a rosy breast which gets brighter in spring to catch the female eye.
We have had a flock of about 40 here all winter long and they are also visiting a friend's feeders a mile up the road. At least, we think they are the same flock. They make the rounds all day and can clean out a feeder in a few hours.
This is hubby's ham (amateur) radio tower which is beside our back deck. It makes a great perch for the birds as they wait their turn at the feeder.
Common Red Polls can survive in temperatures as cold as -65F. They are known to tunnel over a foot long and 4 inches deep under snow on cold winter nights to keep warm. I wondered how they survived in the cold all winter. Amazing.
Here are more birds getting the droppings on the snow below the feeder. The snow has since melted there and the ground is black with the seed casings and about 2 inches deep. It'll be a mess to clean up!
These photos were taken through the window (not very clean) so are a bit fuzzy. Plus the birds were in motion. They don't stay still very long as they vie for position on the feeder.
This little pair was sitting on the deck railing waiting patiently for their meal. They work hard to get some nourishment from a few tiny seeds. They will fill pouches in their throat with seed and fly off to a warmer protected spot to enjoy their meal.
Here is a link with more information on the Common Red Poll
if you are interested.
I enjoy watching the birds in our back yard. Do you?
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!