Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-73

Common name:

Common Redpoll

Scientific name: Acanthis flammea
Date: 11-17-17
Time: 10:30 am
Length of time observed: 3 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Powder Mountain Ski Resort
County: Weber
Elevation: 8600
Distance to bird: As close as 20
Optical equipment: Pentax Binos & Canon camera
Weather: Partly foggy-sun
Light Conditions: Low light. Foggy at the time of photo.
Description:        Size of bird: 4.5
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Finch
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Pale/gray
(Description:)            Bill Type: Finch
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Red forehead, black on face at base of bill, streaking on flanks, yellow finch-like bill, notched bill. First ID d by call.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: Nasal call with upturn in pitch. This is how the bird was noticed amongst 2000+ GCRF.
Behavior: Feeding with GCRF flock along open hillside and then flew to a Quaking Aspen before flying off to the W.
Habitat: Open hillside of dead Mule s Ear.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Hoary Redpoll would ve been paler with much less streaking on flank. Pine Siskin is absent of any red.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have seen hundreds of these from AK, as well as the irruption Winter of 2012-13 in Northern Utah.
References consulted: None.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: Pleasant View, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Stratton Hatfield, Taylor Abbott, Julia Garvin, Ralph, and two others.
Date prepared: 12/19/2017
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: Will send photos as soon as I find them. My iPad crashed.