Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2018-08a

Common name:

Common Redpoll

Scientific name: Acanthis flammea
Date: 2/3/18
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Sex: female, or 1st year male
Location: Garr Ranch, Antelope Island
Distance to bird: 15'
Optical equipment: binoculars, camera
Weather: partly cloudy
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird: small, like a pine siskin
(Description:)       Basic Shape: sparrow like, with a small bill
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: streaky-- whitish body with bold brown streaks
(Description:)            Bill Type: small, very yellow
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
This was a small, sparrow-like streaked bird, with a bright yellow beak, black around face and chin, and a red cap.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Hopped from branch to branch, settling only for 15 seconds or so, until it dropped into the pond to bathe and then flew away.
Habitat: In the brush above a marshy pond.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Size of pine siskin--but it had a red cap
Streaky like a house finch-- but smaller, whiter, with yellow bill and black on throat and face.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I had one at my feeder 3 years ago. I've been following the Utah sightings since then but didn't see one until today.
References consulted:  
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Sherree Sheide
Observer's address: 5044 W. Country Club Dr.
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Bryant Olsen submitted a similar sighting here a few days ago.
Date prepared: 2/3/18
Additional material: Photos
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