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. Banding operations have been discontinued.
Last night, Nancy Cox, who with her husband Steve, supervises the
banding of rosy-finches at Sandia Crest House in New Mexico, sent us
this nice note, along with an updated spreadsheet of the results of
their banding activities to date. She mentions the fact that the bills
of most rosy-finches turn black as the breeding season approaches
(quite the opposite of what happens with European Starlings, whose
bills turn from black too yellow in spring).
We were glad that the pressure was on for us to band today. We did better than we had on the last two Sundays combined. (except for no OLD repeats).
I will keep watching your web site to see how long they stay this year. We saw some really gorgeous Blacks out there today. We saw a lot of black bills on the birds.
Thanks again for maintaining your wonderful website. We appreciate it and know that many visitors and potential visitors really enjoy it.
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The number of participants is limited to 100 people.
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