Christmas vacation started today with a big yawn. I couldn't sleep last night from midnight on and started the day feeling exhausted. I just couldn't work up the energy to do much birding (or driving). To make matters worse, the sun didn't come out until later in the day. I did check on the birch trees at Hopkinton State Park first thing in the morning and again at noon. Nothing was there. Mid-afternoon, I drove over to Wellesley College to check the crabapple trees. I didn't have any thrilling sightings, but at least I tried.....
I stopped at Hopkinton State Park for the sunset, and wouldn't you know, the Common Redpolls were there, but by this time, the light was poor for photos.
I counted twenty-one Common Redpolls in this flock. On Friday morning, when I stopped at the park, there were about a dozen, and then a second group flew in and I counted about 3 dozen. A Nice, noisy flock!