Update on the Rosy-Finches of Sandia Crest, New Mexico. The flag is waving–
flocks of Rosy-Finches are still visiting the feeders at Sandia Crest House.
The banders also notified us that they have to cancel the final Rio Grande Nature Center banding session, which had been scheduled for the last weekend in March. The final banding day at RGNC will now be Saturday, March 22.
Note that the banding spreadsheets (link to a free Excel viewer is provided, if needed) now break out the number and percentage of the two races of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches newly banded each year. There has been a remarkable increase in the number of coastal (Hepburn’s race) over the five winters, from none in 2004 and 2004-05, and five in 2005-06, to 104 last winter and 27 this winter. Also, Brown-capped species was very numerous this winter (2007-08), with 288 newly banded, compared to a total of 101 during the previous 4 winters.
Date: March 16, 2008
From: Nancy & Steve Cox
Today was a very windy day here in Albuquerque and up at the Sandia Crest. We didn’t catch our first bird until 11:30 but it was well worth the wait. It was a Black Rosy-Finch that we originally banded on January 22, 2006. That brings us to 48 birds we have recaptured this year that were from previous seasons. We only caught one more bird before we gave up. It was an unbanded Brown-capped making 288 Brown-caps banded for this season. Not bad since our previous high for Brown-capped Rosy-Finches was only 50 in the winter 2004/2005.
It is likely that today will be our last day. We only saw one flock of about 50 birds. However, we are going to rely on Gene Romero of the Crest House to let us know what the numbers are like for the rest of the week. We will make a final decision at that time.
Nancy & Steve
April 11-13, 7th ANNUAL PRAIRIE CHICKEN FESTIVAL in Milnesand, NM.
Information available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us
The number of participants is limited to 100 people.
May through October,
TUESDAY MORNING GUIDED BIRD WALKS
Birders meet at 8:00 a.m. (8:30 in May and October)
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