Re: [wsbn] Rosy Finches
- en route to see Linda's rosy-finches yesterday, I found a flock of 300-400 along U.S. 50 at Blue Mesa Res (moving around between mile markers 140 and 141), nearly all grays with a few browns, no blacks. at Linda's I found part of her flock, ca. 25 browns and one black. thanks for sharing your winter birds, Linda. hey, *great* sign you have posted in your front yard, Amen! =)the roads to and from Crested Butte were "interesting" and I think those were the coldest temperatures my 4Runner has ever experienced, colder than the -22F we had during our year living in Anchorage.and... thank you Dave G. for again sharing your owls and golden-crowned sparrow yesterday afternoon!back at the ranch... we had a huge starling ball pillaging/plundering/sacking our back yard, a little too close and personal! we are trying to conserve our russian olives and juniper berries for waxwings, don't they know nothing?Larry----- Original Message -----From: linda powersSent: Sunday, November 26, 2006 6:39 PMSubject: [wsbn] Rosy Finches
Yesterday we put out seed and 7 Brown-capped Rosy Finches were among
the group eating...This morning I put out seed and saw the familiar
flight pattern of a large Rosy flock.We had about 80 mostly
Brown-capped. several Grey-crowned and a single Black Rosy. Those of
you that have followed my posts know how happy and grateful we are to
share our winters with these beautiful birds. They delight us, we
photograph them and feel responsible for feeding them often.
Last year they were with us till mid may, in flocks of sometimes up to
So if you are in the area come visit and bring some seed.
Most winters a flock of Rosy-Finches can be found in
Unaweep Canyon along CO-141. At mile marker 127 a
large group of 210 Black Rosy-Finches have been
hanging out feeding along a road cut again this year.
At times they will sit on the powerlines and it is
possible to count them with a high degree of accuracy.
Mixed in the flock are about 10 Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finches and all seem to be of the Hepburn's Race.
These finches have nearly a total gray head and are
consided the coastal form.
I have been checking the Nucla Sewer Ponds lately on a
regular basis. There is little other open water
except for the river and springs. Ducks are still
migrating through the area. Water to the north must
be freezing out. Last evening two Redheads made an
appearence along with about 50 Ring-necked Ducks.
There has been as many as 93 Common Goldeneyes on the
ponds at one time. About 80 American Wigeons are also
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- Snow finally came to Crested Butte this morning. My average flock of
Rosies rose from 200 to about 600. The place is alive with birds. I
have been looking at old records
1.I have more finches now than in past years
2.I have fewer species of other birds visit my feeders, I think
hundreds of finches just crowd out single Chicadees by example
3.Different flocks come and go. Sometimes I see nary a Grey or Black,
sometimes several to quite a few. Mostly I get the Brown-Capped
4.These birds are remarkably unafraid of humans. I can stand on my
porch while they eat from the feeders 2 feet away
As an aside we just returned from a birding trip to The SF bay area.
What fun! For me 11 new species, I know I have not birded that area
much. Varied Thrushes were everywhere. the Pt. Reyes Xmas bird count
had them at record numbers this year. An awesome encounter with a
White-tailed Kite and a lone Brandt on the Monterey coast were
- With the seasonally warm weather the Rosies have been scarce.
Nov. 15 1 Brown-capped appeared at the feeder.
2 days later 3 were in attendance. Last night we got 1-2 inches of
This morning 50 Brown-capped arrived. None were banded ans no grey....
Thanks Tyler. I also saw the Taylor Res. Pacific Loons and Barrows
Goldeneye and a large distant raft of Scaup and Eared-grebe.
- In response to a good bit of interest,I am posting more info. The
Finches were back this morning as it was snowing. Today we had about
300, with several Black, about 10% Grey-crowned and the rest Brown
capped. They flew in in that characterstic Rosy flock fashion, with
their wonderful high pitched peeps and their great appetites.
The Stellars and Chickadees are not happy to see them but we were.
We have named our house "the Rosy Finch House" and rightly so. We are
short term renting it as it is such a great new house and hopefully it
will fund our birding trips away.
Those wishing to see the birds we are in CB at the corner of 4th and
Whiterock with the sigh Rosy Finch House. As we are surrounded by
mature Cottonwood trees the birds are there.
You can email me for additional info
- Goodmorning from snowy Crested Butte
We were on a birding trip through northern New Mexico and have returned.
It took the Finches 1 day but they are back to the feeders. We
currently have a mixed flock of perhaps 200 75% Brown-capped and 25%
Grey-crowned and Hepburns.
While in NM we visited Sandia Crest and saw some cousins at the feeder
at the top.
We also visited some very remote lakes and saw great birds and no
other birders. All the rest of the birders were at the spectacular
Bosque which was amazing.
I ran across a flock of 300+ rosy finches south of Craig on Trapper Mine reclaimed lands. All three species were represented with more than 90% graycrowns and the other 10% made up of blacks and browncaps.
I’m still looking for redpolls though.
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