Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis), Echo Cliffs, Coconino County
One Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was found among a flock of
Black Rosy-Finches by Chuck LaRue on 9 December 2018,
and a second was found by Chuck LaRue, Jason Wilder, Tom
Linda, and Gerry Nealon on 10 December. They were
photographed by Brian Johnson on 9 December, by Jason
Wilder on 10 December, by Deanna Bibbee on 15 December,
and by Chris Rohrer on 21 December 2018.
two prior records: one from 2013 and one from 1967.
However, this species may occur more regularly than
records suggest, as it is irruptive and occurs in remote
regions with little birder coverage.
Rosy-finch identification can be challenging. This bird can be identified as a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch by its warm brown tones on the breast, cheeks and back; neat gray cap, and limited pink on the belly and wings.
9 December 2018, photo by Brian Johnson
10 December 2018, photo by Jason Wilder
15 December 2018, photo by Deanna Bibbee
21 December 2018, photo by Chris RohrerAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 10 December 2018