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Jim & Carol Tveekrem <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 15 Jan 2009 13:09:08 -0700
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FINALLY!  late this morning an unambiguous Hoary Redpoll showed up at 
our feeders.  New yardbird, and the first Hoary I have been comfortable 
identifying as such.  Bird was with Common redpolls and Pine Siskins, a 
male with pale pink on chest and rump, very few pale streaks on sides, 
no streaks on rump (unlike the other redpolls, this one did not close 
the wingtips tightly across its back, giving me a clear look at the 
rump), much more white edging to secondaries, and shorter appearing 
beak/longer facial feathers.  Got two good looks at the bird before the 
whole flock took off.  Refilled feeders and tossed more seed on the 
ground, but the deer are back licking all that up.

Other than Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, a lone 
White-breasted Nuthatch, and 4 or so Blue Jays, the 25 or so redpolls 
and usually an equal number of siskins are the only regular feeder 
visitors.  A few days ago the first Pine Grosbeaks of the season turned 
up - 3 adult males, 3 female/SY male.  Our crabapple and mountain ash 
trees are still full of berries, ditto for the highbush cranberry 
(Viburnum) down by the trail to Fr. Baraga's Cross.  We have seen no 
waxwings of either species, although a friend in Tofte reported some a 
couple weeks ago (unsure of species).  Abundant fruit crop everywhere 
this past fall so Bohemian waxwings may arrive very late winter or not 
at all.  No shrikes, no Gray Jays, seems like fewer Ravens, but quite a 
few Am. Crows are sticking around.  Bald Eagles quite common along the 

Carol Tveekrem,