[CT Birds] More on the Hoary Redpoll

David Lawton lawtonesq at gmail.com
Wed Jan 2 14:05:03 EST 2013


Without casting the slightest shadow of doubt on the bird you and Bill had,
I thought the following photos of a what I believe is a very frosty male
Common Redpoll in Winchester yesterday might be instructive to those
seeking Hoaries.

even with a relatively pale rump:

Happy birding,

On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM, John Oshlick <john.oshlic at yahoo.com> wrote:

> After I read Roy's post yesterday I set Roy an Email. He asked that I send
> the Email to CT birds so here it is.
> From: John Oshlick <john.oshlic at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Hoary
> To: rmharvey at snet.net
> Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 9:22 PM
> Great post about hoary redpoll. Once I saw that the redpolls were coming I
> started to prepare for finding a hoary. I had already read all of the
> Sibley blog stuff. You are right about how interesting the info about the
> tiaga birds vs the tundra birds.
> I felt that I saw a hoary today. The bird I saw was very pale. It was also
> without really any brown tones on it (In other words the bird was totally
> in shades of white and black). It did have a bit of "Butterscotch" around
> the face which I saw listed somewhere as a field mark for hoary. The main
> field mark that impressed me was what Sibley labled "Pale Frosty Rear
> Scapulars" in his guide. This really "Popped" for me. The bird definity
> stood out. The bird was also slightly bigger than common redpolls. I did
> not really get a good look at the rump although Bill A. did and said that
> it was pale. With the Sibley info in mind (especially about the wide
> variability among hoaries) I felt comfortable saying that the bird was a
> hoary.
> I can also say that I want to see more and hopefully there will be more. I
> think that we will be up to our eyeballs in redpolls by Febuary.
> Now the next thing is to find a "Greater Redpoll"
> - John Oshlick
> John Oshlick
> Bethany
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