Yesterday we went up to the Sandia Mountains to look for Rosy-finches. Did you know that the Sandias are the only place in the world where you can see all three species of Rosy-finches together in one place? It's true. But guess what? We didn't see birds except for a Mountain Chickadee and a couple Dark-eyed Juncos, plus a Red-tailed Hawk when we were driving up. We did see the Rosy-finches, but they were far away, hard to see, and there were only two of them: a Gray-crowned and a Brown-capped, I believe. So the trip was a disappointment except for some delicious hot chocolate and a quesadilla with great salsa.
So I was going to post pictures of the Rosy-finches for Feathers on Friday, but I didn't get any, so you'll have to settle for this picture of a Gambel's Quail seen in somebody's backyard in the foothills.