Friday, January 30, 2009

Re: Hoary vs Common

Thanks for everyone's comments.  The consensus (both on blogger and off) is unanimous (including me) the bird is a light Common Redpoll.  Note the larger bill, more streaking than would be on a Hoary, ect.  Hopefully I'll be able to do a North WI trip and get a confirmed Hoary. 

Happy Birding! 


Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with redpolls, but how good is Snowy Owl in WI?

Chris W said...

Snowy Owl is a pretty good bird. It depends on the year though. They can usually be found in and around Ashland or Superior in most years. There's usually one at Buena Vista Grasslands and one in Milwaukee most years too. But when you get an invasion year, they can be pretty common pretty far south in the state. This year isn't highly unusual, but there are more birds than there normally are.
So it's nothing rare in the state. Especially near Ashland, Green Bay or at Buena Vista, but I'd say they're always good birds! :D Definitely a good bird to start the year with too. ;)