Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-16

Common name:

Hoary Redpoll

Scientific name: [Acanthis hornemanni]
Date: 1/31/13
Time: 9:30am
Length of time observed: 30 minutes
Number: 1
Location: Croydon, Utah
County: Morgan
Latilong: 41 degress 03' 38.77" N by 111 degrees 30' 56.54" W
Elevation: 5430'
Distance to bird: 50 feet
Optical equipment: olympus e-510 with olympus 70-300mm lens, nikon monarch 10x 42 binos
Weather: cloudy
Light Conditions: cloudy
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bird was very light very little fine streaks on sides, one fine streak under tail, rump and over tail white, very light head and back with smaller looking bill than other birds near it, and very little red on breast.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: sitting
Habitat: back yard feeder
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Common Redpoll
bill shape comparison; flatter forhead than the commons it was near; latch of streaking under tail, on sides, and rump area; total lack of color on back and head other than the red spot on forehead; also when bird looked around it did not have a thinner looking neck area as did the common's,
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
A bird matching this bird was here Nov. 12, 2012 and since then I have sent alot of hours researching a talking with experts about the Hoary's and what to watch for. I also have had many Common Redpolls everyday from Nov. 12, 2012 to today Jan. 31, 2013.
References consulted: internet searches, e-bird, Sidley books, Stoke's books, National Geopraphic book, Peterson book, and other books
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Weston Smith
Observer's address: 1375N 6800E Croydon, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 1/31/13
Additional material: Photos