Redpolls are small finches (about 5-6" long) with a bright red patch on the front of his head. Males are marked by a distinct black goatee-type beard, giving them the look of a beatnick who likes to paint using his forehead.
I'd been hearing about irruptions of them all over the region so I'd been on the lookout: checking out birch trees (which they love) and any other spot which might hold unusual finches. I was surprised, Wednesday afternoon, to see one just hanging out on our tray feeder, but not so surprised as to miss the shots. This common redpoll marks another life bird for me.