Sunday, December 22, 2019

Gray-crowned Rosy-finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis) - 25Mar2018

The feeders outside this home in Wildernest, CO was hosting hundreds of Rosy-finches and I swear I caught a glimpse of a Black Rosy-finch but never secured a photo.  The Brown-capped and Gray-crowned were however plentiful and I even got some different sub-species or races.

This is the Hepburn's subspecies which has gray cheeks.

The more typical Gray-crowned has gray crowns without the gray cheeks.  The Brown-capped also can look similar but does not have such clear delineation of the crown and black forehead.

I am looking forward to getting a shot at Black Rosy-finch which will probably be in the Sandia Peaks east of Albuquerque, NM.

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