I saw a flock of redwings in the garden again today. They are only here fleetingly, swiftly plundering the trees of berries and moving on elsewhere. They come from Siberia every few years, either in January or February, when the weather is very cold and an Arctic high pressure hangs over the country.

The last sightings I have recorded were in:

January 1996
January 2000
January 2002
February 2008
January 2010
and, of course, February 2012.


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