Garrett & Charlene Schmoker;
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
3381 Larkspur Dr., Longmont
Multiple Birds - Mixed
10 feet at closest
Good light, mostly from side
Description of the Bird
See photos: Small (basically American Goldfinch-sized) finch with bright red cap, yellow bill, variable side streaking, variable undertail covert and uppertail covert streaking/spotting. Males with variable pink wash on breast, sometimes extending to belly.
Behaviors: Coming to thistle feeders with American Goldfinches and House Finches.
Call: many variations of call notes heard
Similar Species Discussion
Most other finches with red (House Finch, Cassin's Finch, etc.) would be larger, not have the combo of much white with clean red cap and yellow bill. Hoary Redpoll would have clean undertail coverts & rump, smaller bill, diminished black mask, etc.
Sibley Guide to Birds
Extensive, much recent experience with both redpoll species from CO this winter and from Fairbanks, AK the previous winter.
Date Documentation Submitted
4/5/2013 11:49:00 AM
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