Short, notched tail
Brown and white with heavily streaked sides
Small, pointed, yellow bill
Black feathering around bill
Two white wingbars
Pale red vest on chest and upper flanks (male)
Listen to its call.
While visiting Whistler, I saw a large group of these little finches perched in a deciduous tree along the roadside. It was bare of all leaves but was covered with tiny cones which the birds were feasting on. I think it was a Red Alder, one of the only deciduous trees with cones in the area as far as I'm aware.
Learn more about the Common Redpoll.