Banding JAN 31: 39 captures, flocks of 40-50, several Hepburns present
Amber West of the Banding team sends this interesting report (JAN 31):
...I will be sending the reports for the next few weeks.
We newly banded only four Rosy-Finches: one Black and 3 interior Gray-crowned. We did recapture 35 Rosy-Finches from this winter season. There were 15 Blacks, 4 Brown-capped, and 16 Gray-crowned (15 interiors and 1 Hepburn's). We also recaptured one Black from the 2014/2015 winter season. We did see several more Hepburn's in the flock. Flock size varied but seemed to be around 40 - 50 birds at maximum.
Overall, it was overcast and windy, which kept the Rosy-Finches coming in regularly.
Kenn Kaufman and his wife came up to the Crest today to see the Rosy-Finch banding. There was also a group that came out to see the Rosy-Finches, with some people coming from the Roswell area.
The road was clear, but the parking lot is still icy in areas so be careful walking up to the Crest House.