Date: 1/1/19 5:22 pm
From: Kathy and Jeff Dunning <mihmdunning...>
Subject: Fwd: [cobirds] Rosy-Finches in Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife needs your help!
I am re-sending Aaron Yappert's email of three weeks ago requesting that
those who see banded rosy-finches report the birds. He provides
instructions on how in his email.

Good birding,
Kathy Mihm Dunning

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From: Aaron Yappert <ayappert...>
Date: Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 9:21 PM
Subject: [cobirds] Rosy-Finches in Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife
needs your help!
To: Colorado Birds <cobirds...>


Hello CoBirders!

It’s that time of year again when for the temperatures start to drop, snow
begins to fall, and for those of us in the high country, Rosy-Finches begin
to visit our feeders. This winter, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and our
partner organizations are continuing our efforts to monitor Rosy-Finches
throughout the state and we need your help! Over the past 18 months,
trained banders have attached colored bands to the legs of Rosy-Finches in
various portions of the state and now that the birds are beginning to flock
up, we hope that you will be able to report any banded birds you see at
your feeders.

What should you be looking for? The vast majority of our banded birds will
have a small metal band placed around both their right and left legs. The
band is free to move up and down as well as turn left and right and will
most likely sit just above the foot. It is often easiest to see the bands
when the birds are walking on the ground, or perched on a hanging feeder.
Of the two bands, one will be silver, while the other will be a color that
we have associated with a particular region of the state (see below for the
list of possible colors). Even though you may not always be able to get
good views of both legs we are still interested in hearing that you have a
banded bird visiting your feeders!


- Where to report? Please send an email to rosyfinchreports AT gmail.com
- What to report?
- Date
- Location (as specific as you are willing to provide if a private
residence)
- Number of total Rosy-Finches in the flock (estimate)
- Species of banded Rosy-Finch
- Number of Banded Rosy-Finches
- Color of *RIGHT *leg band (Red, Silver, Black, Blue, Green, Purple,
Gold)
- Color of *LEFT *leg band (Red, Silver, Black, Blue, Green, Purple,
Gold)


Our researchers will be able to use this information to track the movements
of our banded birds, begin to understand flock dynamics, and estimate
population size and survivorship. Even in the short time we’ve been
tracking these birds, we’ve had several exciting findings and with your
help we can learn so much more about these remarkable alpine birds. Please
share this message with any neighbors or friends that may keep bird feeders
so that we can collect even more sightings.

If you have any questions about reporting banded birds, the details of the
research we are conducting, or Rosy-Finches in general, please do not
hesitate to ask.

Thank you for your efforts and willingness to assist our project!

Aaron Yappert
Assistant Bander
San Juan Mountains

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