Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
High-altitude pinyon/juniper habitat, with a predominance of pinyons. The feeder was in a large pinyon.
Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars
Bright late morning light clearly illuminated the bird.
Description of the Bird
More slight than the House Finches and Dark-eyed Juncos in the area, the bird's red cap and dark area around the beak stood out. The unstreaked chest also set it easily apart from a Pine Siskin; the lack of yellow, from the American Goldfinches. This male was a different bird from the one we saw on 12/8 in the same location, in that the pink on the chest was considerably deeper than the one we saw before. Not a Hoary Redpoll, since its brown streaking was quite dark.
Behaviors: He was eating sunflower seed on a large feeder approximately 25 feet from my view spot. He was quite skittish and frequently was chased from the feeder by House Finches and American Goldfinches.
Call: None heard.
Similar Species Discussion
Slighter and more delicately colored than House Finches. Pink wash and lack of streaks on breast differentiated it from Pine Siskin. Lack of yellow eliminated American Goldfinch. Coloring distinct from any other common birds in our area.
I had already identified a Common Redpoll the week before, so the field marks were quite clear in my mind from that bird. I used Sibley Guide to Birds for initial ID and to confirm that first sighting.
I had seen a different Common Redpoll on 12/8, so I recognized this bird.
Notes made AFTER observation
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Date Documentation Submitted
1/20/2013 4:09:00 PM