This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea), a small, white, brown and red finch that commonly travels in large flocks. In fact, their flocks can be as large as a few hundred. They’ll often be found in areas with lots of food in the winter – such as this weed field – but will also come to feeders and spend time in open woodlands. We generally only see this beautiful bird in the winter, as their breeding range is further north and they only come this far south when they need food in the off-season. As such, their presence here is somewhat unpredictable, as they go wherever there is enough food and so may appear in flocks of hundreds one year and not make an appearance at all the next. This is called an irruption. Apart from seeds, redpolls also eat wildflowers, grasses, sedges, berries, and some insects in the summer. To help them gather food fast, Common Redpolls have an extendible throat pouch that they can fill with food to eat later, which is especially helpful in wintertime. They’re very social and acrobatic little birds and are super fun to watch as they feed on seeds and fly around together. If you’d like to entice some to your feeders, try putting out Nyjer or sunflower seeds. Have you ever seen this cute little bird?
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MINE TOURS AND OTHER PROGRAMSYes…there will be Silver Queen Mine Tours this summer!The park is planning to have guided tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10am. Sundays will feature the regular Open House at the mine (10am to noon). The first tour will be Canada Day (July 1).Registration for all guided tours will open Monday, June 27. Space is limited so you must pre-register at the gatehouse or call 613-267-5060. Registration is not required for the open houses.ALSO!Evening Programs will be Saturday nights, starting in July. The time will change based on our daylight hours.Snake Talks will be every day at 2pm outside the visitor centre, starting Canada Day.Exploration stations, prop tables, and Kids programs will be advertised the week of on our program boards.Stay tuned for a great summer!
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