Hoary Redpolls

There are lots of Redpolls around the birdfeeders this year. And usually if you look closely there will be one Redpoll in the flock that looks a lot whiter. That could be a another species of Redpoll called a Hoary Redpoll. It seems there are many Hoary Redpolls around Minnesota this winter.

Hoary Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

 

Hoary Redpoll and Common Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll and Common Redpoll

In this photo there is a Hoary Redpoll and a Common Redpoll together. Hoary males will have less red on their breast than a Common and the Hoary has a stubbier beak, but that’s hard to see unless you are really close. Hoary’s also have a whiter rump and very few streaks on their flanks.

So the next time a flock of Redpolls fly into your feeders, see if you can see the difference.

 

 

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