April 01, 2015

Drinking snow

We keep having late spring snow storms.
This common redpoll was "drinking" snow. Our small pond is open but rather than drink water he seemed to prefer the snow.

Acanthis flammea 

Redpolls have throat pouches for temporarily storing seeds. They may fill their pouches with seeds quickly then fly away to swallow the seeds in a more protected, warmer spot.

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