In the past century, fewer than a dozen common redpolls have been recorded in California, and the furthest south was near Fresno, more than 350 miles north. The typical range of these tiny finches is still further north - they nest in the Arctic and spend winters primarily in southern Canada or the northern United States.
Vagrant birds are common in the winter, bringing uncommon sightings to many birders. What unusual birds have you seen this season? Share your sightings in the comments!
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