A male Lesser Redpoll (top left above and left in both photos below) was in the garden today feeding on Nyger seeds with Siskins and Goldfinches(not shown). I'm surprized that we don't get them more often considering the numbers of Siskins and Goldfinches that pass through the garden.
This winter is the second winter out of the last 4 or 5 that I have been making Nyger seed availble for the birds. The first time it was a complete failure and they would ignore it even when no other food was on offer! This time round the round it is very popular and has the added advantage off not turning mouldy as readily as peanuts or sunflower.