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.
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Leucosticte australis), a bird that breeds in the high Rockies of Colorado and southern Wyoming. The gold color band indicates that the bird was captured in the Snowy Range of Wyoming.
At an elevation of 10,678 feet, the Sandia Crest has become a favorite wintering ground for all three species of rosy-finch.
Michael snapped this photo of a Brown-capped Rosy-Finch in 6-degree weather with 20 mph winds (windchill of -15 degrees). ⠀
Thanks to Michael Milicia, @michaelmilicia, for providing stunning photos for this week’s #AudubonTakeover .
#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