Sitting at my computer writing, I received an e-mail from my friend Bobby-O, who mentioned he had a large flock of Black Rosie-Finches in his yard. In that it had been snowing to beat the band, I half expected to see the Pink-Butts, but somehow didn't expect them so early in the season. I believe I'd even seen a few at the regular feeding-spot right outside my back door, but not really thinking 'Pink-Butts' yet, they escaped my recognition.
Thanks to my friend's note, I immediately checked the feeders again...and found at a mixed flock 40-50 of
the Finches.Most seemed to be Gray-crowned and Brown-capped, but there were a few Black Rosies mixed in, as well.
I identified a new color-variant (for me), called a Hepburn's...which has a gray crown and black chin and forehead. Perhaps this is the 'interior' bird I hear folks mention. I just don't know enough about this bird...
They're back this morning in droves. I plan to do a bit more research and up-date this post over the weekend. I discovered yesterday, (late), that the pretty things are fairly tame and will let me stand outside near their feeding spots while they eat...so I'll try for better photographs this weekend. Check back!
Addendum: These are NOT color variants; they're different species!