Update on the Rosy-Finches of Sandia Crest, New Mexico. The flag is waving– smaller flocks of Rosy-Finches are still visiting the feeders at Sandia Crest House. Feeders to remain up until the end of March if bears don’t start appearing.
They wrote that they had just received a report from Steve Fettig, a member of their banding crew:
“His friend was up at the Crest House on March 20 and saw all 3 species of Rosy-Finches. They were present the whole hour that she was up there even though it was windy. She saw approximately 20 birds - no large flocks.
“We decided that we will see what we can capture. We may shut down earlier than normal (normal is 2 p.m.) depending on how it goes. This really will be our last day until next winter.”
Only a small number of migrants were visible outbound from Cuba as of 10:30 PM this evening. There were scattered rain showers moving erratically across the Straits, and the few flocks were moving relentlessly due north, quite independent of the weather track. If anything significant shows up in the archived loops I will post a link tomorrow. Interestingly, despite all the northbound birds revealed by radar the past few days, there was not an appreciable increase in the number of passerine migrants reported in South Florida. It may be that the birds overflew much of Florida because of the favorable southerly winds.
The big news has been the Loggerhead Kingbird that was reported yesterday on Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas was still there today. This is the second of this species to be recorded in Florida since one showed up in Key West just one year ago. We had prior plans to visit the Keys and arrived on March 25th. It had been seen about an hour before we got there that afternoon, and we looked for the bird for a couple of hours, to no avail. That bird was never seen again!
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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