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Common/Hoary Redpoll - Michigan, USA (1 Viewer)

Rapala

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Spotted this redpoll in with a flock of Commons at Whitefish Point a few weeks ago. I've passed it off as a Common but wanted to double check. Although not as pale as a confirmed Hoary spotted later, this individuals was a fair bit paler than the surrounding Common Redpolls. Thoughts?
 

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birdmeister

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I'm not sure on this bird. Bill looks quite small to me, and the back/rump area is pale, but we can't see the undertail coverts and I'm not sure if the flank streaking is extensive enough.

Curious to see what others think.
 

tom baxter

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This is one of those classic in-betweeners. They are usually considered Commons I think, but I’m not experienced enough with them to know the spectrum well.
 

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