Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Hoary Redpoll?

Scientific name: [Acanthis hornemanni]
Date: 12/19/12
Time: morning
Length of time observed: 2 hours
Number: 1
Location: Near Park City
County: Summit
Elevation: 7,300
Distance to bird: 20'
Optical equipment: binoculars
Weather: severe clear
Light Conditions: sunny, bright
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type: short, yellow
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Merrill Webb, Dave Hanscom and I had been watching a flock of about 80-100 Common Redpolls at my multiple feeders for about 2 hours. Shortly after they left, and the Redpolls were still around (actually they are here from dawn to dusk, and have been for at least a week), I spotted this bird, and Merrill suggested I send in the photo thinking you might be able to identify if it is a Hoary Redpoll. I have taken photos of many of the Common Redpolls and this one seems distinct in that is have no (few) stripes on it underside and no apparent red on the chest. Being a bird-lover but no expert, I ask for your opinion.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Habitat: scrub oak
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Check out the photos.... the top seems to be quite distinct without red coloring and as many side stripe. I would also appreciate it if you could let me know how to send photos of other birds (Roay Finch, Saw Whet owl, Rose Breasted Gross Beak (2009), etc.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Sibley's Field Guide
Description from:  
Observer: Nancy Garbett
Observer's address: PO Box 752 Park City UT 84060
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Merrill and David were here watching the dozens of Common Redpolls and we discussed the distinctions.
Date prepared: 12/20/12
Additional material: Photos