Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-20

Common name:

Common Redpoll

Scientific name: [Acanthis flammea]
Date: December 11, 2012
Length of time observed:  
Number: [50-70]
Location: Antelope Island State Park
County: Davis
Distance to bird:  
Optical equipment: 10 x 42 binoculars
Weather: partly cloudy
Light Conditions: shade & direct light
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Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
While driving the campground loop at Antelope Island State Park I noticed a large flock of small finches flying and landing in the sagebrush. I stopped hoping to pick out a redpoll and was surprised to find they were all Common Redpolls. The flock was very vocal and would occasionally spoke up and swirl up and land back in the sagebrush and resume feeding on the ground under the sage. There were a couple pale individuals but I couldn’t confirm any hoaries in the flock. I estimated 50-70 individuals in the flock.

Small finch mostly brown and white with small reddish area on front of head and black chin. Undersides white with streaking on breast extending down sides to flanks. Wings light brown with two distinct white wingbars. Dark eye on pale face and small triangular yellow bill with dark tip.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Rattling, twittering flight call, 
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were they eliminated:
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this & similar species:
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Description from:  
Observer: Rick Fridell
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Additional material: Photos