Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-25

Common name:

Common Redpoll

Scientific name: Acanthis flammea
Date: 19 February 2013
Time: noon
Length of time observed: 5 min
Number: 35
Location: 4800W 4600 N south of Cache Junction and just west of Amalga Barrens
County: Cache
Latilong: 41 deg 50' 11'' N 112 deg, 0', 1" W
Elevation: 4449
Distance to bird: 50 feet
Optical equipment: Zeiss binoculars
Weather: overcast, windy to 20-30 kts Temp near 20 degF
Light Conditions: overcast
Description:        Size of bird: small, 4-5 inch max
(Description:)       Basic Shape: finch like
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brown with light pink breasts
(Description:)            Bill Type: finch like, dark
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Back of bird(s) was brown with prominent streaking. About half had prominent black chins and the other half less prominent chins. All had heavy brown streaking in the flanks. Beak was finch like and dark. Legs were dark. Pink seen on breast in about 1/3 of birds but constant movement of birds makes that an estimate only
Song or call & method of delivery: Raucous "chit chit chit' from most of the birds chirping at the smae time.
Behavior: Small, leafless tree in front yard of residence had birds hopping from branch to branch in a random pattern. Not obviously feeding on anything.
Habitat: small tree in suburban/rural yard
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Pine siskin: no yellow on wings or tail, beak finch like rather than slender
Other finches: Too small and lacking bright red or orange belly of house finch. Purple unlikely here
Hoary: Too dark
Crossbills: No crossed bills. All bills well seen
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen on backyard feeders in Michigan
References consulted: Sibleys, iBirdPro
Description from: From memory
Observer: John C Ruckdeschel, MD
Observer's address:  (local ) 1552 Redstone Dr. Park City Utah; (home) Las Vegas, NV
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: 27 Feb 2013
Additional material:  
Additional_Comments: I neglected to report as they are "common" this year but eBird editor asked me to file report.