Thursday, February 26, 2009
Hoary Redpoll? Opinions Needed
We did some banding at Carver Park on Saturday and had an explosion of Redpolls. Of the 50 birds we caught, 24 were Common Redpolls and one appears to be a Hoary Redpoll. All of these photos show the bird we believe is a Hoary, in the hand and from different angles. I'm hoping some of you readers might have a comment or two on whether you believe this is a Hoary.
We measured the bill and it did fall in the range of measurements for Hoary Redpoll.
The overall lightness of the bird set it apart from all the others we were banding.
The rump, while light and faintly streaked still did show some streaking.
The undertail coverts were very white wih some of the longer ones showing just a hint of a faint streak.
Taking into consideration all the characteristics we saw, we did call this a Hoary Redpoll. If anyone has any insights that will help confirm or deny this ID please let me know.
No matter what, it was a pretty cool day when the banders got to handle so many visitors from up north. Now if we could only get a net into a spruce tree so I can get my hands on a White-winged Crossbill....