Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Year's Rosy-Finches

Yesterday I had the first visitors of the new year. What fun, and one is a new neighbor right up my street! Colette came with another friend of mine; Polly Wren. These are some of Polly Wren's photos of the day...
The Rosy-Finches love to 'stage' up on my roof. Colette noticed lots of seed up there, and suggested perhaps they take it with them when they whirl away...and sometimes eat up there. Who knows...could be; they sure do whirl around a lot...but it's always lovely seeing those silvery underwings.
This is a lovely shot of the Hepburn's Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. It is a sub-species of this finch that I call a 'helmet-head' to remember how much further down the head the Gray-crown comes. Usually it is just down as far as the eye, here you can see it's more like a helmet! The middle bird looks to be a Brown-capped Rosy Finch...

And you wonder why I call these Pink-butts! Ha...

Polly Wren calls this one 'Skippidy Do Dah'. This is a lovely shot of a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch; for the oddest reason we aren't sure we saw but one single Black this visit. And none are here today...I'm happy Dale and Beverly made it over from Alamosa before the finches left.

3 comments:

Bosque Bill said...

I'll have to remember that "Helmet Head" moniker. MIght come in handy this Saturday when I head up to Sandia Crest to see our Rosies.

Beverly said...

Oh Bill, I hope you have much fun! Maybe you'll send a photo I can put up here...I'll be sure to put your name on it!!!

Michael Stanford said...

These Rosy Finches Look good compared to the other finches birds I have seen so far