New painting: redpoll

Redpoll by Colin WoolfColin has just finished this lovely little painting of a redpoll, inspired by the huge flocks of finches that we’ve had in our garden this winter.   Lesser redpolls (Carduelis cabaret) are woodland birds but they often come to bird tables, especially if seed is available.   They are widespread in Scotland, Wales, and northern and eastern England, but are less common further south.   This is a male bird – the females are less colourful, although still with a small rosy ‘forelock’.

The redpoll painting has now been sold, but you can see more originals for sale on Colin’s website.

Image copyright © Colin Woolf


  1. Beautiful painting congrats to Colin

  2. Very beautiful!

  3. Beautiful!

  4. I know we have Common linnets (Carduelis cannabina) but I don’t find any reference for redpolls.

  5. christinelaennec says:

    Amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a redpoll before, but if I do in the future, I think I will know. Lovely painting – such talent.

    • Thank you, Christine! I know, he is very good! 🙂 I must admit I’d hardly ever seen redpolls until we came to Scotland. They are so pretty. I can hear them tweeting outside as I type this!

  6. Oh, we have redpolls, too, and they will be here very soon. Colin’s painting is true to the little bird. Here, they come when the snow is still on the ground and little seeds fall from last year’s plants onto the snow like pepper. They really go for those!

  7. Oh I missed this one, so sweet 🙂

  8. Utterly delightful. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a redpoll but he’s a very fine fellow.

    • We were surprised to see them when they first appeared in the garden – one was an excitement, but to have a whole flock of them was amazing. They have all gone now, along with the goldfinches – possibly because it’s the start of the breeding season and they might have moved on somewhere else.

  9. Hello from Canada. Redpolls are common winter visitors to our bird feeders here, often appearing earlier in the autumn. We also have a much rarer species called the Hoary Redpoll which are often among the Common Redpolls. As the name suggests, the Hoaries are much lighter in colour – almost white.

    • That’s interesting to know, Tom! They are such beautiful little birds. We haven’t had any on the feeders yet this winter, but I’m sure they will be coming in soon. Thanks for your comment!

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