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Redpoll in Toronto, Canada (1 Viewer)


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Here are three pictures of an individual redpoll from a group of 80 that regularly roam Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto. This individual struck me as having quite a pale base color, especially on the back. I was also struck by the clearly buffy face. I though (hoped) that this might be a female Hoary. Not a very clearcut case, though. What do you guys think?


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Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! 😎
With the proviso, this was taken in recently: (could you confirm?)

It looks Hornemann’s imo, yes - note overall frosty appearance which at this time of year, strongly suggests a Hoary as Common Redpolls will have had their white feather fringes on worn down by now and acquiring darker breeding plumage - Also note the white edges to the flight feathers.

With the heavy streaking on the side and buffy face it would have to be a female probably in it’s first winter/spring plumage.

Note the heavy feathered trousers, also good id criteria for Horneman’s.

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