Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2018-04
|Scientific name:||Acanthis flammea|
|Date:||January 11, 2018|
|Length of time observed:||2 minutes|
|Number:||5 or 6|
|Location:||2200 E. Evergreen Ave., Millcreek, UT|
|Distance to bird:||25 yards|
|Optical equipment:||my eyes|
|Weather:||40 degrees, calm, cloudy|
|Light Conditions:||filtered light|
|Description: Size of bird:||small finch|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||songbird|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||streaky brown|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||n/a|
Field Marks and
|Very small streaky brown birds. Birds appeared paler on the front. Wingbars barely discernable. I was able to see red patch across the upper chest of one bird, but no other details were clear at my distance. After a minute or so they flew off, chattering all the while.|
|Song or call & method of delivery:||Group chatter consisting of calling and singing (mostly chit calls and rattles)|
|Behavior:||Sitting in small tree chattering.|
|Habitat:||Typical suburban habitat - bushes, deciduous and pine trees.|
were they eliminated:
House and Cassin's finch larger, red normally covers the whole chest on males,
song and calls very different.
Hoary Redpolls much lighter.
Pine Siskins, Goldfinches have no red on chest, and sound different.
Rosy finches larger and darker.
this & similar species:
Half a dozen sightings in Utah, numerous in Alaska, seen and heard in New
Zealand last year.
Very familiar with all similar species.
|Description from:||From memory|
|Observer's address:||Salt Lake City, UT|
|Observer's e-mail address:||**|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:|
|Additional material:||January 14, 2018|
|Additional comments:||Being at work, I had no camera or binoculars. The chattering of the birds caught my attention, as it sounded vaguely familiar, yet different from anything I commonly hear. Upon seeing the birds, redpolls immediately came to mind, especially when I observed the red on the chest of one bird. Unfortunately my access to the birds was limited, so further sight ID was not possible. Listening to the recordings on Xeno-canto confirmed my first impression.|