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I wouldn’t be confident calling this a Hoary until I saw the rump. The head is brown, with only the hint of frostiness, and the side streaks are dark. Also, the red on the crown is extensive. I would leave it as Redpoll sp unless you got a look at the rump. 

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7 minutes ago, Avery said:

I wouldn’t be confident calling this a Hoary until I saw the rump. The head is brown, with only the hint of frostiness, and the side streaks are dark. Also, the red on the crown is extensive. I would leave it as Redpoll sp unless you got a look at the rump. 

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This resource has some great tips for Redpoll ID. The three main factors in confirming a Hoary Redpoll are such:

1. Clean Undertail (Hoary's CAN have some streaks, but not extensive)

2. Clean White Rump (This is a big one, best seen in flight)

3. Frosty mantle/nape (This varies from age/sex of bird and the feather wear.

All other factors are supporting evidence, with these three being the main ones.

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