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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Ravenshoe Redpolls

A short afternoon foray onto the Holland Marsh flats yielded Snowy Owl, a flock of 150 odd Bohemian Waxwings and a small group of about 25 redpoll. I only noticed how pale and grey this bird was after looking at the photos and also, as seems to be my luck, the flock left before I could get many pictures. To me, this looks like a 1st winter exilipes Hoary Redpoll.

A flammea Common Redpoll amongst the flock for comparison. The flanks are way more heavily streaked, the overall tone considerably browner and there are no visible white edges to the greater coverts.

Undertail angle. Maybe one streak there?