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The Flag has stopped waving-- the Rosies are not visiting the Crest House feeders

The rosies have departed

 A place to discuss anything and everything about birding the Sandia Mountains 
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Rosy-Finch PiinPlease share your reports of  birding the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. During the months of November through March, there is major interest in the three species of rosy-finches that visit the feeders at Sandia Crest House. However, there are great birding opportunities all year around, so let us all know about your observations. Banding reports, trip reports, photos, links to news and research items, and inquiries relevant to these topical areas are also welcomed. Researchers from around the world who have an interest in rosy-finches and the entire Genus Leucosticte are encouraged to join in the discussions. All posted photos remain the property of photographers and cannot be reproduced without permission. We suggest that photos be watermarked or linked to a site that indicates owner's copyright.

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This is the place where those who plan to visit Sandia Crest can ask questions and obtain information to help in planning a birding trip.  Since the purpose of this FORUM is to supplement the more general birding listservers such as the New Mexico Rare Bird Alert  and the National Birding Hotline Cooperative AZ/NM Birds, be sure to report any unusual sightings directly to those entities, to assure they reach the broadest possible audience. And, do not forget to record all your sightings in eBird, now very easy to use.

View the latest Issue of "Burrowing Owl," the newsletter of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society by visiting the CNMAS website and clicking on "NEWSLETTER." Also see the schedule of field trips and weekly local "Thursday Birder" morning walks. Judy Liddell reports on many of these trips in her blog: It's a Bird Thing...

USEFUL LINKS:
Directions to Sandia Crest, notes about handicapped access, Health and Safety Considerations
Weather conditions, forecast, time of sunrise/sunset and fire closure information
General information and guidelines about observing the rosy-finches at Sandia Crest House
Live Sandia Peak Ski Cam

Welcome!
Ken Schneider, AKA Rosyfinch, AKA NewMexiKen
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WINTER
FEEDERS
PUT UP
FIRST ROSY-
FINCH
LAST ROSY--FINCH
FLOCKS
ROSY_FINCH
FLOCK SIZE
REMARKS, STRAGGLERS
1999-2000
NONE DECEMBER 5
MARCH 13
20+
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2000-2001
NONE NOVEMBER 21
MARCH  05
170
4 more seen on MARCH 30, one on MARCH 31
2001-2002
FEBRUARY 2 DECEMBER 3
MARCH  29
12
5 seen on APRIL 6
2002-2003
OCTOBER 30 NOVEMBER 19
APRIL 08
24
1 seen APRIL 14
2003-2004
OCTOBER 19 NOVEMBER 15
MARCH 16
40-50
1 seen MARCH 17
2004-2005
NOVEMBER  6 NOVEMBER 7
APRIL 13
20-25
"a few" reported  APRIL 18 (not entered in log)
2005-2006
OCTOBER 26 NOVEMBER 12
APRIL 13
8-9
1 Black Rosy-Finch seen on April 19 & 20
2006-2007
OCTOBER 30 NOVEMBER 2
MARCH 25
~30
1 seen in flight on March 31
2007-2008 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 APRIL 4 ~20 1-2 seen until April 8
2008-2009 OCTOBER 27 NOVEMBER 6 MARCH 31 ~12 1-6 seen through April 8
2009-2010 OCTOBER 27 OCTOBER 27 APRIL  9 ~50 Mass exodus also in Taos Ski Valley April 8-9
2010-2011 OCTOBER 26 NOVEMBER 6 APRIL 5 ~20 Few seen through April 8
2011-2012 NOVEMBER 1 NOVEMBER 7 MARCH 15 ~5-6 No reports after March 15
2012-2013 OCTOBER 23 NOVEMBER 13 MARCH 14 20-30 "Few" between March 28 until April 1 when feeders taken down
2013-2014OCTOBER 31NOVEMBER 6MARCH 118-10Last report 2 BC on March 17 -- few or no Gray-crowned RF all season
2014-2015OCTOBER 29

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