Nearly every other winter, the Common Redpoll is a welcome winter visitor to backyard feeders. Shortages of seed crops in the northern forest cause massive flocks of redpolls to move south, invading bird feeders across the Northeast. The redpoll is a small-headed brown and white bird, with streaky sides, a red forehead, and black around a yellow bill. It’s easy to mistake a Redpoll for a similar-looking House Finch, but no other finch has black around the bill on the face. Often seen in groups, Redpolls can sometimes “take over” your bird feeders with flocks numbering more than a hundred individuals! You can attract Redpolls to your yard by offering fresh niger (thistle) seed in multiple finch feeders during the winter months.