Monthly Archives: January 2013

Hoary Redpoll update

This morning, a dozen birders met at Scott Baldinger’s house to try for the Hoary Redpolls. We weren’t disappointed. The very pale bird I have posted the photos of is now definitely determined to be a first year male. (thanks … Continue reading

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Scoring Hoary Redpolls

The following is the explanation of how I scored this bird (female type/first year male). Using the Sibley Characteristic Index, I gave the bird the following scores. It rated 5 for the single streak in the vent area. It rated … Continue reading

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Hoary Redpolls Continue

I spent over an hour at Scott’s again this morning. The feeders were very active enabling me to count 170 birds at the tube feeders alone. Adding 30-40 birds at each of the other two stations indicates there may be … Continue reading

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Hoary Redpoll sexual identification

Continuing my search for more details on the identification of the two Hoary Redpolls at Scott’s, using the “Character Index for Redpoll Identification” designed by David Sibley, I question the birds sex. Yesterday, I had close up views of this … Continue reading

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Hoary Redpolls at Scott Baldinger’s Feeders

On 1/1/13, Arlene Borko and I were viewing the mass of Common Redpolls at Scott’s feeders when a ghostly pale redpoll flew in. I called Scott who informed me he had seen it a couple of times. I told him … Continue reading

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Bashakill Deli Fields 1/6/13

This morning I birded the Deli Fields for the first time since 1/1. It was a beautiful morning with temps quickly rising into the 30’s. It was quite birdy, with a number of hawks seen as well as the passerines. … Continue reading

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Around the County

This morning, Arlene Borko and I joined Lance Verderame and Scott Baldinger at Scott’s home to view the Common Redpoll flock. We were hoping to find a Hoary Redpoll. We have not yet succeeded, but its great fun sifting through … Continue reading

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