You may remember the common redpoll I saw that turned out to be a hoary.
Saturday, with that error firmly in mind and determined not to make it again, I saw a hoary redpoll. That turned out to be a common.
If you’re confused, you’re not alone. But while both photos are too fuzzy even for the cover of the Rolling Stone (not to mention National Geographic), they’re clear enough to see the differences.
I got one slightly sharper shot, but it doesn’t show any of the defining characteristics, like the red patch on the head. Bird watching is hard work.