UPDATE: April 13, 2010. The flag has stopped waving. The last flocks of rosy-finches were seen on April 9th. Interestingly, the flocks at Taos Ski Valley disappeared at almost the same time. No stragglers have been reported at either location. The feeder has been taken down, but please report any late sightings. A summary of this past winter’s sightings and banding results may be viewed at this link. Now the hummingbird feeders go up, to be welcomed by Broad-tailed, Black-chinned, Calliope, and later, Rufous Hummingbirds. Check out the many links in rosyfinch.com for more information about great year-round birding in the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you have a request for information, or wish to provide a report on your birding trip to the Sandia Mountains, please visit the SANDIA CREST BIRDING FORUM.
**OTHER BIRD SIGHTINGS**
PINE GROSBEAKS have been
seen on November 22, and again on December 14, at the 10K trailhead along road to Sandia Crest, and seen on January 17 (and heard on the 31st) in Kiwanis Meadow just south of the Crest House, along with a pair of AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS
Notes from Feeder Project Coordinators,
Fran Lusso and Dave Weaver
Date: April 13, 2010
I went up to the Crest today, where it was clear and very windy with temperatures around 26 - 28 degrees (F). The snow is dissipating quickly, with 1 to 3 feet in shady areas and most of the snow melted away in sunny areas.
I have attached a log update that shows the last recorded rosy finch sighting on April 9th. The Crest House staff say that they have not seen any finches since “before the weekend”. I waited over an hour and did not see any.
I took down the feeder but left enough seed for the Crest House staff to continue to put seed out for a while longer in hopes of attracting any stragglers. But I think it is likely that the finches are gone.
I will go up to the Crest next week to check on things and probably to bring down the project equipment and any remaining seed.
Hope all is well!
…The Crest House is now serving sub sandwiches to order and still serving the rest of the old menu that does not require the grill, oven or fryer. The staff says that visitors are doing fine with the new menu…
Latest From the Rosy-Finch Banding TeamFebruary 28, 2010
Today was another good day at the Crest House. We only newly banded 2 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches but we recaptured 124 other Rosy-Finches. Seven of these were birds from previous seasons that we had not seen before. One was a Black Rosy-Finch that we originally banded on 5 February 2005. She is now in her 7th year.
The road was clear but there is a lot of ice between the parking lot and the Crest House.
Nancy & Steve
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