With this year having a large irruption of birds from up north, I have been awaiting visitors to my feeders in Vermont. Yesterday brought the second life bird from up north, Common Redpoll; seen earlier was the Evening Grosbeak. Just some Crossbills and a Pine Grosbeak would complete the package (fingers crossed). I had 15 plus Redpolls at my feeders, some lighter and with fainter streaking than others, but no obvious Hoary Redpolls, but comparing the two in several guides, it appears it would not be obvious. Perhaps fainter streaking on the breast, less pink on the breast and overall less color/lighter gray/brown on the back for the Hoary.
Below is a bird that seemed not like the others, maybe a Hoary?
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