Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2015-40

Common name:

Common Redpoll

Scientific name: Acanthis flammea
Date: 11/14/2015
Time: 14:00
Length of time observed: 5 Minutes
Number: 5
Age: mixed
Sex: mixed
Location: Jeremy Ranch Road
County: Morgan
Latilong: 40.8371907, -111.5848732
Elevation: unknown
Distance to bird: 10 feet
Optical equipment: 10x42 Eagle Optics binocular and Canon 7D DSLR camera with 300mm and 1.4x teleconverter (420mm equivalent)
Weather: 50s Farenheit. Light winds.
Light Conditions: Sunny, good light.
Description:        Size of bird: small
(Description:)       Basic Shape: small finch
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Mostly brown with variable amounts of streaking, red cap, black chin.
(Description:)            Bill Type: short and stubby
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Small brown finches with variable brown streaking on flanks. One individual had extensive pink on the breast and cap. Short, stubby, and pointed bill. Black on the chin and variable amounts of red/pink on the cap.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Foraging together on Alder catkins.
Habitat: Mountain river valley. Dense, taller shrubs mixed with shrub ground cover (sagebrush). Birds foraging in a small Alder tree.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Hoary Redpoll eliminated due to darker upper parts, extensive streaking on flanks, and longer bill. House, Cassin's, and Purple Finch eliminated due to smaller size, shorter, thinner bill, and black around chin.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have spent 3 different field season working as an ornithologist in Alaska where both Common and Hoary Redpolls are quite abundant and common. This is the first time I have observed the species south of Alaska however.
References consulted: National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America (6th edition)
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Neil Paprocki
Observer's address: 777 East 1st Ave #2, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: 11/19/2015
Additional material: Photos