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Just spotted two of these birds in my yard in northern Vermont. They were on the ground underneath or in the branches of a crab apple tree eating the leftover crab apple (seeds).

I have been unsuccessful in identifying the bird through the Merlin ID app and my Audubon field guide. I have never seen a bird with this orange cap before - they are beautiful. Any ideas? Thank you.

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Also stumped on these birds. This was taken in August on a bay off of Lake Champlain. Its not a great photo. Maybe I am wrong, but given their length and shape I did not think they were ducks. Thought they resembled a type of merganser. What do you think?

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1 minute ago, Pelican76 said:

Likewise! I saw a common red pole in backyard last week - for the first time ever. Had any good recent sightings here lately?

It's been an exciting winter since it is a huge irruption year for Pine Grosbeaks, Bohemian Waxwings, Pine Siskins, Common and Hoary Redpolls, and others; that's why you're now seeing them in your backyard.  Golden (and Bald) Eagles are on the move now, so be on the lookout for them!

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25 minutes ago, Pelican76 said:

Likewise! I saw a common red pole in backyard last week - for the first time ever. Had any good recent sightings here lately?

Hello fellow Vermonter! If you want to see Pine Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwings, check out Technology Park in Burlington! 

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