Documentation of Common Redpoll

Observer Information

Reporter:  Tina Mitchell 
Other Observers:  None; None

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Common Redpoll
First Date/Time:  1/6/2013
Last Date/Time:  1/6/2013
Duration (total time in view):  10 minutes
County:  Fremont
Specific Location:  38.381757

Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Female
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


High-altitude pinyon/juniper, with predominance of pinyons. Feeder was in a pinyon.

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars
Distance:  6
Light:  Sun was in the south and east, clearly illuminating the bird.

Description of the Bird

Red cap, dark area around beak, brown streaks on white background, clear chest, similar size to a Pine Siskin.
Behaviors: She ate seeds at a sunflower seed feeder for approximately 10 minutes--far less skittish than the 2 other Common Redpolls I had seen at our feeders in Dec.
Call: None heard.
Plumage: adult

Similar Species Discussion

Lack of yellow ruled out American Goldfinch. Slight size and pattern of color eliminated House Finch. Unstreaked chest and pattern of color ruled out Pine Siskin.

Resources Used

Sibley Guide to Birds, studied several weeks early at the first arrival of a Common Redpoll at our feeders.

Previous Experience

This bird was the 3rd Common Redpoll we had had this winter.



Additional Information

Comments: Photos are not great but identifiable.
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Elevation: ~7000
Other Dates:
Nearest Town: Coaldale
Independent Observers: None

Date Documentation Submitted

1/20/2013 7:18:00 PM
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