Short post this week folks, because a picture is worth 1000 words, right? Some birders will come to Albuquerque just to see one particular bird in order to get it on their life list. Often times that bird is the Rosy Finch, because three kinds of this pretty little bird can be found in one place; Sandia Peak.
Rosy Finch, Leucostícte arctóa
Grey-crowned race L. a.tephrocótis
Black race L. a. atria.
Brown-capped race L. a. austrális
These colorful Rosy Finches are not year round residents in Albuquerque, but rather spend their summers in the Western Arctic and above the timberline in the western US mountains, making it a tough trip to see them in their breeding habitat. But winters in Albuquerque are comparatively mild compared to winters in the Arctic and the highest western mountain tops, so it’s here they come…and so do their fans.
Rosy Finches won’t hang around in town though, but prefer the peaks of the Sandia Mountains, as they do like the higher elevations. They can act very tame and are easily approached and photographed.
These pictures are all from atop Sandia Peak outside the cafe/store/visitor center. You may take a tram ride to the top without ever leaving the city limits. Birders should come see the Rosy Finch here in Albuquerque. Our Albuquerque bed and breakfast guests took these fantastic pictures last March.
Rosy Finches have friends in high places, as pictured below, the Dark-eyed Junco and the Red-breasted Nuthatch. Winter bird photo ops abound up on Sandia Peak in and around the feeders.
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast
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