Documentation of Common Redpoll

Observer Information

Reporter:  Bill Schmoker  3381 Larkspur Dr.,   LONGMONT, CO  80503-7524
Other Observers:  Jim & Karen Schmoker, Peter Gent, Steve Mlodinow, Maggie Boswell.;

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Common Redpoll
First Date/Time:  12/29/2012
Last Date/Time:  12/29/2012
Duration (total time in view):  approx. 6 hours over two days
County:  Boulder
Specific Location:  3381 Larkspur Dr.
Number:  20
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Multiple Birds - Mixed
Plumage:  Other/Unknown

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: Visiting thistle feeders with American Goldfinches and House Finches
Call: many call variations heard
Plumage: winter

Similar Species Discussion

All but one bird was too streaked (flanks, rump, &/or undertail coverts) for Hoary, though one bird fit Hoary traits well and was submitted to the CBRC.

Resources Used

Sibley Guide etc.

Previous Experience

I have seen many redpolls in Colorado, Minnesota, and Alaska.


Notes made DURING observation

Additional Information

Comments: Follow-up submission of Common Redpoll (I submitted the Hoary on 4 Jan) per request of CBRC secretary.
Time: 10 am
Other Dates: 30 Dec 2012
Nearest Town: Longmont
Independent Observers:

Materials Available

Photographer: Bill Schmoker

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Date Documentation Submitted

4/5/2013 1:29:00 PM
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