The Common Redpoll, known in French as Sizerin flammé, is a member of a group of songbirds known as the “winter finches”. This species is truly winter-hardy and not only do redpolls sometimes roost in long snow burrows at night to stay warm, but they are known to survive ambient temperatures below minus 50 degrees Celsius.
Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to “Bird Tweet of the Week” on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website
This episode aired on Saturday February 22, 2014.