I managed to visit Hurdman twice in the past ten days, and both times I found three species of finch. Both House Finches and American Goldfinches were abundant, as usual, but I was surprised to find one Common Redpoll on Friday and two the following Wednesday. Although a number of redpolls were visiting the feeders at Hurdman regularly in mid-January, they had disappeared toward the end of the month and hadn’t been reported since. Seeing them again really made my day.
A flock of Bohemian Waxwings had also been reported recently, and it was these I was looking for. Given the abundance of berries around Hurdman Park I figured they would show up sooner or later, as they had in winters past. I hadn’t seen them at Hurdman all season, however, and I missed them the day after they had been observed by Pat Blake.