Common Rosefinch on Southeast Farallon Island
- Hello birders. Today the team from PRBO Conservation Sciences caught and banded a juvenal plumaged COMMON ROSEFINCH on Southeast Farallon Island. The bird had very little fat, but otherwise looked like it was in good condition. The bird was photographed extensively. Needless to say, if accepted by the CBRC, this will represent the first record not only for California but North America outside of western Alaska. Unfortunately for birders Southeast Farallon Island is within the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, which is currently closed to the public. Thus, this bird is unchasable. Photos should be available for review soon.
In other news, the past few days have been quite busy for us. Hundreds of Sparrows, mostly Savannah, but also good numbers of Fox, Golden-crowned and White-crowned, as well as 'Western' Flycatcher, fellout on the island as a result of the latest weather system. Lesser numbers of Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's and Hermit Thrushes and Yellow Warbler also arrived. Other less-than-expected birds include a Cassin's Finch (~10th Island Record), Red-breasted Sapsucker (~17th Island Record), two Townsend's Solitaires, Hammond's Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Tennessee Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler and 'Slate-colored' Fox Sparrow. The adult female Brown Booby that has been frequenting the Island since at least early summer is still present.
Prior to this latest 'migrant wave' things were quite slow on the island. The last big push of migrants occured in early September, and brought, along with large numbers of typical early western migrants, a smattering of 'expected' eastern vagrants, as well as a Blue-headed Vireo and a Canada Warbler. For those interested in learning more about what PRBO Conservation Sciences does on Southeast Farallon Island, we maintain a blog at <http://www.losfarallones.blogspot.com/>. It hasn't been updated in a while, but an update is in the works.
Good birding, and good Sibe-finding!
Southeast Farallon Island
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