Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rosy-finches at Discovery Park

At the end of November we stopped by Discovery Park to see if the rosy-finches that spend the winters in the abandoned Cliff Swallow nests had arrived yet for the year. We usually check for them in January or February each year, but since there wasn’t much going on we figured why not go check in on them in November as well.

When we arrived, we saw a flock of finches zooming around in front of the cliffs, and closer inspection revealed that the finches were indeed rosy.

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Rosy-finches at Discovery Park, Ada County. November 30, 2014.

The cliff is quite far from the vantage point in Discovery Park, so pictures are awfully difficult, but since we actually got a good look at a few Black Rosy-finches (much less common than the more abundant Gray-crowned Rosy-finches) we had to at least try to get a few documentation shots.

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Black Rosy-finch at Discovery Park, Ada County. November 30, 2014.

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Black Rosy-finch at Discovery Park, Ada County. November 30, 2014.

In this video you can get a sense for what it’s like to look for the rosy-finches. They blend in fairly well with the cliffs, so the best way to spot them is to watch for their motion. You can see that most of them are Gray-crowned, but at the end there’s a quick glimpse of a Black Rosy-finch. You can also hear our tiny daughter making a few squawks. That’s par for the course for any videos we shoot these days, and I don’t mind at all.

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