none; Tresa Moulton, different feeder location.
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
500 Steamboat Blvd. (private residence)
Multiple Birds - Mixed
Gamble oak - aspen tree brushy hillside near residential feeder station. Seed is typically spread out on railing and deck to enhance feeding.
None required. 10x Zeiss binocs.
Bright sunny day.
Description of the Bird
Small finch, with red forehead, black bibs, and moderate striping on sides. Males have strong wash of rosy red on chest and sides. Bills are yellow, undertail coverts have some striping.
Behaviors: Travel as flock when approaching feeding station, and while on site. Typical finch feeding behavior on both niger and safflower seeds provided.
Call: Typical of redpolls in flocks.
Plumage: Adults & juvenials
Similar Species Discussion
Hoary redpoll. There are pine siskens and Cassin's finches also present but these are easily identified by comparison (the red top knot is a strong giveaway). So far, after long examination, none exhibit the overall paleness, unstreaked undertail coverts, and lesser black bib as expected in a Hoary redpoll.
Sibley's, Nat. Geo. and assorted other guides for Common/Hoary comparisons.
I have previous experience in Routt County with Common redpolls.
Date Documentation Submitted
1/18/2013 1:50:00 PM
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