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Hoary Redpoll Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite:  My best "yard bird"! It was early January 2013, and for the first time in our 20 years in South Dakota, we were getting Common Redpolls at our feeders. On January 12th, my son, who was 9 at the time, peered out the window in the morning and said, "Dad, what's the white Redpoll"?  The "white" Redpoll?  I look out at by the feeders, and in a tree is indeed a very "white" looking Redpoll, clearly much different than the dozen or so Common Redpolls around him.  It was a gorgeous, pale Hoary Redpoll, a real rarity in far southeastern South Dakota.  Over the next month or two, one, and sometimes two Hoary Redpolls were present.  They're quite easy to tell apart from Common Redpolls if they're seen together, as Hoary Redpolls lack most of the streaking on their flanks, have a very pale rump and lower back, and have a shorter, stubbier bill than Common Redpolls. Photos #4, #5, and #12 below show a Hoary and a Common Redpoll side-by-side for comparison.

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll 1

January 12th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota

Hoary Redpoll 2

January 13th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota 

Hoary Redpoll 3

January 13th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll 4

January 13th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota

Hoary Redpoll 5

January 13th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota

Hoary Redpoll 6

January 12th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni 

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni 

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni 

Hoary Redpoll 7

January 12th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota

Hoary Redpoll 8 

January 20th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota

Hoary Redpoll 9

January 12th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll 10

March 3rd, 2013

Sax-Zim Bog, Minnesota

Hoary Redpoll 11

January 12th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota

Hoary Redpoll 12

January 12th, 2013

Brandon, South Dakota

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