Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2018-08

Common name:

Common Redpoll

Scientific name: Acanthis flammea
Date: 01-31-2018
Time: 11:20am
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: Female
Location: Garr Ranch, Antelope Island SP
County: Davis
Elevation: 4250
Distance to bird: 3m
Optical equipment: Vortex 8.5 X 32 Binos, Canon SX50 HS Digital Camera
Weather: Mostly sunny, 50F
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: small finch
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Typical finch
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Overall streaky gray-brown
(Description:)            Bill Type: Conical
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Small streaky gray-brown finch with white belly, 2 wing bars, and most importantly, a red patch on the forehead, yellow bill and black in lores and throat. They have been invading in moderate numbers this winter.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None heard
Behavior: Feeding and preening in an Elm tree, mix in with hundreds of American Goldfinches
Habitat: Cultivated trees around a ranch house
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Pine Siskin-lacks red forehead, yellow bill and black in lores and throat
Hoary Redpoll-similar but paler, less streaking
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Memory
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: 84102
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: 12 other member of Audubon field trip I was leading
Date prepared: 2-2-2018
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: eBird checklist: