FEB 20 Banding: 51 captures; estimated 150 in flocks
Report from Nancy Cox of Banding Team:
Sandia Crest Rosy-Finch banding project report February 20, 2017
We newly banded 9 more Rosy-Finches. Eight were Brown-capped and one was a Black Rosy-Finch. We recaptured 42 Brown-caps, 8 Black Rosy-Finches, and 2 Gray-crowned (both Hepburn’s) that were previously banded. One Brown-capped was originally banded in winter 2015/2016.
We estimated well over 150 Rosy-Finches. Brown-capped continue to be the most abundant consisting of 80% of our captures for this winter season followed by Blacks and a few Gray-crowned.
The road above Capulin Springs was snow packed this morning but was plowed by the time we left.