Date: 1/10/21 8:59 pm
From: Larry Clarfeld <lclarfeld...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] The "Angel" Redpoll of Thompson's Point
Thanks for sharing this, Allan, what a gorgeous bird! And this year,
probably more rare than a Hoary Redpoll!

I saw a similar (although slightly less frosty) bird during a past redpoll
eruption, 10 years ago, that got me really excited. Chip Darmstadt was the
one who helped me determine it to be a leucistic individual, but it really
stood out and got my heart beating! Some photos of that individual are in
the links below.

Good birding,

On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 7:59 PM Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> wrote:

> Hi VT Birders,
> Over the last few days there has been a tremendous redpoll flock on
> Thompson's Point Road in Charlotte. There have been a number of reports of
> Hoary Redpolls from the area and one individual in particular has given new
> meaning to the concept of "frosty." I was with Clem Nilan when I saw this
> bird and we were both really amazed by how light this bird was. Luckily,
> Marc and Peggy Faucher got a couple pictures of this bird and they were
> kind enough to allow me to post their photos on the always enlightening
> "Finches, Irruptions, and Mast Crops" Facebook page.
> The consensus from all who responded to the post was that this individual
> was not a Hoary Redpoll, but presumably a leucistic Common Redpoll, which
> apparently has a cool vernacular name - the Angel Redpoll.
> Although not a Hoary Redpoll, this is a really stunning bird, and worth a
> look. Given the number of Hoary Redpolls that are being seen this year,
> there may be others in this flock.
> All the best,
> Allan
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