Wanted! Observations of Brown-Capped Rosy Finches.
Not considered dangerous! Breed in alpine regions (above 11,000’) often seen on snowfields near cliffs and talus slopes in Colorado and the Snowy Range in Wyoming. Frequently observed at bird feeders at higher elevations in winter. Especially interested in observations of banded birds http://June-August. If seen, do not approach closely but observe carefully with binoculars.
Submit observations including number of birds, band colors and leg (bird’s L or R), photos and exact location or location description to firstname.lastname@example.org, eBird or the BCRF page on http://CitSci.org.
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As one of America’s highest nesting birds, Brown-capped Rosy-Finches (Leucosticte australis) are extreme alpine specialists. These birds frequent high elevation talus slopes and snowfields foraging for seeds and frozen insects. Together with their close relatives, the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch and the Black Rosy-Finch, these birds are the focus of my PhD dissertation research. Using whole genome DNA sequences, I’m hoping to better understand the relationships, adaptations, and evolution of these alpine inhabitants.
A team of Wild Connections, USFS & @birdconservancyoftherockies are banding #browncappedrosyfinch this week in South Park! Brown-capped Rosy Finch breeding range is almost entirely in CO, however their numbers have declined 95% over the last 50 years. This data will help the Bird Conservancy better understand this alarming decline. More info at: https://birdconservancy.org/sirens-of-the-mountaintops/ Special thanks to Wild Connections’ @misiballard for photos and hosting this event.
Check out The Flume’s article on Wild Connections’ recent meeting hosting the Bird Conservancy in FairPlay to discuss the decline of the Colorado native bird, Brown-capped rosy finch: m.theflume.com/mobile/free_content/article_04457144-1d9a-11e8-82dc-f7218925d7c0.html #wildcolorado#browncappedrosyfinch
Rosy-Finches of the Sandia Mountains. We see three species of Rosy-Finch most years at the Sandia Crest. The top left picture is a Black Rosy-Finch which breeds in the central Rockies from northern Utah to southwestern Montana. The top right picture is a Brown-capped Rosy-Finch which has the smallest range of the North American Rosy-Finches breeding almost exclusively in Colorado and small parts of New Mexico and Wyoming. The bottom row are two subspecies of the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch which has the largest range of the three species. The bottom left picture is the Interior subspecies (gray only on the crown) which breeds in the northern Rockies. The right picture is the Hepburn’s subspecies (entire gray face) which breeds at lower elevations and closer to the coast from Northern California up to Alaska. Nothing is quite like the experience of trying to pick out the different species of a large swirling flock of Rosy-Finches as they descend on a feeder! #birdbanding#birdringing#birdresearch#RioGrandeBirdResearch#rosyfinch#blackrosyfinch#browncappedrosyfinch#graycrownedrosyfinch#finches#mountainfinches#mountainbirds#winterbirds#ornithology#birdsrule#sandiamountains
#tbt to ABA Camp Colorado last summer! Seeing this #browncappedrosyfinch at the Lava Cliffs in Rocky Mountain National Park last July was one of my highlights of 2016. This was my ABA lifer #300 ! #birdsunder21
Rosy-Finches are a very interesting and beautiful bird! These very cold adapted birds breed at high elevations (above tree line) in the mountains of the western half of North America. In winter these birds form large nomadic flocks and descend into lower elevations in search of food. The Sandia Crest in the mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico is a famous winter location for all three species of Rosy-Finches. This male Brown-capped Rosy-Finch breeds almost exclusively in Colorado and historically (and maybe still) in the northern mountains of New Mexico. These birds often make up the bulk of our flocks in most years, though these birds' numbers fluctuate greatly due to snow. #birdbanding#RioGrandeBirdResearch#birdrelease#browncappedrosyfinch#rosyfinches#mountainfinches#slowmo#slowmobird