Update on the Rosy-Finches of Sandia Crest, New Mexico. The flag has stopped waving– flocks of Rosy-Finches are no longer visiting the feeders at Sandia Crest House. A few individual rosy-finches are still being seen. Feeders will be coming down soon. Please report any late sightings.
The banders took numerous photos and even blood and feather samples for DNA analysis, then released it back into the wild, sporting a special blue leg band. Today, after Steve and Nancy Cox and their team had reviewed all the photos and were still unable to classify the bird, the UNM Medical Center laboratory released the results of the blood analysis. Their mystery bird’s DNA did not match that of any other known species. It will be classified as the only member of a new family, to be placed after the finches (Fringillidae).
We understand that there is now some dissension among the banding team members as to what to name the new species. Should it bear the surname of the senior researchers, or perhaps be named after the location in which it was found? Or the proprietor of the Crest House? To avoid bloodshed, they all agreed it would be named onomatopoeically, after its shrill cry of “loof-lirpa, loof-lirpa, loof-lirpa!” The Loof Lirpa!!
In past years, flocks have sometimes persisted as late as April 13, so it is possible that they are still in the area. As snow cover diminishes they have less need to visit the feeders.
Birders who may visit should report any observations, whether of flocks or individuals, in the sightings log. We would like to pinpoint the actual dates of departure of both flocks and stragglers.
Need I say we are proud, indeed? And we are not fooling!!!!
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