Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2002-

Common name:

Common Redpoll

Scientific name: Carduelis flammea
Date: 20 Feb 2002
Time: about 10:00 AM
Length of time observed: 3-4 minutes on 3 occasions
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: Male
Location: 211 South Main, Clarkston, UT 84305
County: Cache
Distance to bird: 15'
Optical equipment: eyeballs, 10x50 binocs
Weather: moderate overcast
Light Conditions: filtered sunlight
Detailed description of bird: see video submitted through Ron Ryel; [here are photos taken from the tape] was busily eating sunflowers in my feeder, defending against house finches.
Song or call & method of delivery: delivery? it FLEW there.
Behavior: eating
Habitat: lilacs, mock orange, similar shrubbery
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
house sparrow, I suppose, but LOOKING at it eliminated the house sparrows.
Previous experience with this & similar species: first observation
References consulted: Peterson and Audubon field guides, local experts
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Tom Gordon
Observer's address: 211 South Main, Clarkston, UT 84305
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Ron Ryel, Keith Archibald (via the video tape)
Date prepared: 10 Oct 02   (General Public)
Additional material: Video Tape (If the photos extracted from the video tape aren't good enough for identification, you can have the video tape send to you)
Additional comments:  Sorry it took me so long to do this. I thought I'd done it properly before, but obviously didn't.