RARE BIRD ALERT:BLACK-TAILED GULL (Carlyle Lake)Click here for more info . . .
I too am a novice when it comes to redpolls but have been following discussions on the Cayuga List. The experts there (Cornell folks) say there is a lot of variation in redpolls but there should be a wow! factor when you actually see a Hoary. The punched in look of the bill/face is the best indicator. Furthur north in Ontario, Canada birders were hoping to find the 4 types of redpolls this winter (Southern and Greenland of both species) which has rarely happened.
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