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Carduelis hornemanni
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The Hoary Redpoll is a bird of the high arctic, where it typically remains throughout the year. During irruption-year winters, some may join flocks of Common Redpolls and move southward into the U.S., usually reaching only the northernmost tier of states. Hoary Redpoll is extremely difficult to distinguish from Common Redpoll, since within both species there is considerable variation in color and bill size--important features for correct identification. The map below illustrates where Hoary Redpolls have occurred so far during the 1997-98 season.

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Unedited reports of Hoary Redpoll during the Winter of 1997-98.
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The 1997-98 Perspective:

  • Hoary Redpolls typically do not arrive from the arctic so early in the season. For example, during the massive redpoll invasion of 1981-1982, reports of Hoary Redpolls did not begin to appear until mid-January. This season, they were reported from the Great Lakes and into northern New England during the first ten days of November. By the end of the month, Hoary Redpoll reports had come in from as far south as northern Iowa and southern Wisconsin.
Listen to a recording of Hoary Redpolls from the Library of Natural Sounds. The first example is that of an individual bird’s trills and calls; the next is the sound of a Hoary Redpoll flock.
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