Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-30

Common name:

Common Redpoll

Scientific name: Carduelis flammea [Acanthis flammea]
Date: March 3, 2013
Time: 8:30 and 10:00 am
Length of time observed: 10 minutes total
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: 10th east, approx. 1650 n , North Logan
County: Cache
Latilong: 3
Elevation: 4,620 ft
Distance to bird: 15-20 ft
Optical equipment: Swarovski 8.5x42
Weather: overcast, light rain
Light Conditions: flat, no shadows
Description:        Size of bird: goldfinch
(Description:)       Basic Shape: finch
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brown streaking, red "poll", pink chest
(Description:)            Bill Type: finch
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
A goldfinch-sized bird (Am. goldfinches around for comparision), smaller than house finch. Back, nape, face largely streaked with brown on lighter background, two white wingbars, white edging of secondaries, brown tail, whitish undersides with blackish streaking on sides and flanks, extensive pink on chest, red "poll" cap, black eye, broken white eyering, black chin patch, black lores, and black largely surrounding conical yellow bill.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Behavior: feeding on ground on sunflower seeds
Habitat: residential scattered trees, shrubs, lawns.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
The only closly similar species is hoary redpoll. The individual observed had a relatively large bill, was much too brown on back, did not exhibit extensive protruding black feathering covering base of bill, did not have extensive white coverts, had extensive dark pink on chest, and did not have overall "frosty" appearance.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have seen this species in Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Michigan, Alaska
References consulted: Sibley
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Ron Ryel
Observer's address: North Logan, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: March 3, 2013
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: Common redpolls were seen at same location Nov 23, 2012 (5 birds-photos available), Feb 28, 2013 (1 bird).