The Crest House is only open on weekends and when the road is safe for passenger cars, not just SUVs.
The people who are banding Rosy-Finches are filling up both feeders twice a week and they hope to be able to resume banding on Sundays. At present, they do NOT band because the banding permit is delayed. They do not know when the permit will be issued. Keep in mind that the banding group is an all volunteer organization.
Celestyn (passing information from the banding group)
My reply is almost always delayed; can't help it 😞 - Celestyn
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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Subject: [AZNMbirds] CNM: Sandia Crest House / Rosy Finches - No Sightings, Just RFI
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I am planning to travel to Albuquerque next weekend to look for all three species of Rosy-Finches.
Archived emails from this list say that the Sandia Crest House if the best (only?) place to observe them, perhaps in all of North America.
There have not been many recent emails on this topic, so I have a few questions:
* Generally, is this still a good spot to try for them?
* Are they still only open on the weekends? (or at all?)
* Are they still filling the feeders? (saw an old random comment online from 2017 that said maybe they had stopped doing that per regulation?)
* Are the feeders visible from the road/parking area, or do I need to wait for the official "open hours" to get onto the deck as some old posts mention?
* Current (or general) road conditions this time of year? (I will have a small SUV rental)