When observing bird feeders this time of year in Northern Minnesota, you may notice many striped little birds fluttering about. There are three primary birds that you are likely seeing, all of which may look similar without the use of binoculars. These three birds are Black-Capped Chickadees, Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins.
All three of these birds are similar in size and shape. They also all look striped when they are flying. Black-Capped Chickadees have a distinct black cap on the top of their head and can be found in Minnesota year round. Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins are typically not as well known because they are only present during Minnesota winters. Instead of flying to Southern United States, they stop in this region. This is in part due to the fact that they spend summertime in Northern Canada and Alaska. Common Redpolls have a rusty red cap on their heads with a black goatee under their beak. Pine Siskins have striped undersides and yellow tints in their wings. Keep an eye out for these birds at your feeders!