When a flock of Common Redpolls visit your backyard, watch for individuals that stand out as exceptionally white, fluffier and have a stubbier bill. These may be Hoary Redpolls. The Hoary Redpoll is the less common of the two Redpoll species to visit our feeders. While they look very similar to the Common Redpoll and often share the same breeding grounds, the Hoary Redpoll does not inter-breed with them. Redpolls are birds of the high Arctic and are a member of the Finch family. They breed in the open tundra and prefer low scrubby trees where they build a nest of twigs, plant fluff , grasses and hair, lined with a thick layer of feathers or plant fibers. Lays 4-6 eggs and may produce 1-2 broods during May and June.
Cool Fact (credit: allaboutbirds.org)