Common to our north and west, this bird is quite uncommon in Maryland, with only a handful of records at best each year.
But, in anticipation of a major finch irruption this winter, we have already had 3 or 4 sightings this fall, including this very obliging bird at a feeder in Howard County. Many thanks to Russ Ruffing for being so obliging himself and allowing dozens of visitors to enjoy the bird.
Kind of a fearsome big fella:
What cool headwear!