"Hey mom," asked Younger Daughter this morning, "What are those birds in the yard? They're seriously cute."
A quick look through the binoculars revealed a pink cap and a finch-like beak. "House finch?" I wondered, though they didn't seem gaudy enough for that.
So I pulled out my well-used bird identification book.
Looked like what we had wasn't a house finch, but rather a Hoary Redpoll.
The book's description of the bird's physical appearance as well as winter territory certainly fits.
I took these photos through a window and at maximum zoom, so they're not the clearest. If anyone can identify them as anything else than a Hoary Redpoll, let me know!
Regardless, they ARE seriously cute.