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
|Listen to a recording of Hoary Redpolls from the Library of Natural
Sounds. The first example is that of an individual birds trills and calls; the next
is the sound of a Hoary Redpoll flock.
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