The Hoary Redpoll is normally found in or near the high Arctic
year-round. Some overwinter in incredibly harsh conditions of the tundra,
but they erratically and unpredictably may move well south of their normal range
in the winter, and sometimes reach the northern United States. They are
very similar to the Common Redpoll.
Quite tame, they sometimes will even allow themselves to be hand-fed
in brushy thickets on the open tundra of the Arctic Circle during the summer
breeding season. During winter, they can also be found along woodland
edges, and in brushy or weedy areas.
Diet: Primarily feeds on seeds. Also will take buds, catkins,
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: A trilling followed by a slow twittering.
Migration: Summers in the Arctic Circle.
Some may winter near the Arctic Circle, with others moving mostly short
distances into Alaska and Canada. They occasionally do move in numbers
well south of the Arctic Circle in winter, however, with some occasionally
reaching the northern United States.
Bird Feeders: Will come to feeders
for sunflower seeds, millet, and niger ("thistle") seed.
Conservation Status: Seems to be generally stable
throughout its normal range.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Hoary Redpoll"
Photo Information: January 12th, 2013 - Our yard in
Brandon, South Dakota!!! - Terry Sohl