Rosy-Finches @ Snowmass, and other Roaring Fork Valley birds
Great to be back in CO after two excellent trips “South” (‘Antarctica’, and ‘Antarctica, The Falklands & South Georgia’).
Wow – been going there for 22 years, and it never gets old!
Some recent sightings from the Roaring Fork valley:
Yesterday, Wednesday 29 Feb, was at Snowmass ski area doing my weekly free bird tour.. We enjoyed some great Rosy-Finch action.
PLUS it was a beautiful, sunny day, between the snowstorms (today it is dumping again like crazy), so the skiing is GREAT
30+ Brown-capped Rosy-Finches
20+Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches (mainly of the coastal form - Hepburn’s)
Also Gray Jays, Steller’s Jays, and Mountain Chickadees.
I also heard that the American Marten (Pine Marten) has been a regular visitor in recent days at the other feeder on the hill (at the top of the Gondola).
Back home, an adult Northern Shrike grabbed a Pine Siskin in the yard and flew off with it, carrying it in its bill. GREAT sight!
Cassin’s Finches are back in the yard, and a couple of Evening Grosbeak flyovers (so it must be almost spring !)
Lesser Goldfinches are hanging in, and a flock of Cedar Waxwings dropped by too
Also around Carbondale:
9 Barrow’s Goldeneyes on the Roaring Fork just below Catherine Store road bridge
2 Barrow’s Goldeneyes on the private ponds at Ranch at Roaring Fork
Good birding all