Saturday's highlite-3 pine grosbeaks(2males and 1 female) eating crab apples
behind the W. Bratt. post office and 4 redpolls at home in W. Bratt. A flock of
~15 tree sparrows has been hanging around our house for a few days.
Sunday morning brought marauding flocks of ~35 c.waxwings to our
bittersweet and 15-20 redpolls to our feeder and birch tree.Around 2PM,40-50
redpolls returned and enjoyed our feeders and birch tree,coming and going for
an hour and a half. During this time I was able to observe one particularly light
redpoll perched in the tree and also on the ground eating seed 15 feet from
our picture window. After several observations and research I concluded that
this bird was a Hoary based on the overall whiteness compared to all the
others, extremely limited streaking high up on the flanks(a couple of thin, short
whisps), and the lack of streaking on the undertail coverts. I did manage to
take a few pictures with a digital camera, unfortunately without my scope.
Only one photo was halfway decent.