Western finch surprises NY birders
Normally found in the mountains of the west, the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch is a very rare find in eastern North America. FeederWatcher Nancy Loomis of Booneville, New York, was thrilled to host only the second confirmed Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch ever seen in the state. Understandably, Nancy could not identify the bird when it first appeared at her feeders. She snapped a photo and posted it on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology facebook page for identification. Over the next few days, Nancy hosted many eager bird watchers who would normally have to travel thousands of miles for a chance at seeing this species.
Thanks, Nancy, for keeping watch and for opening your home and sharing this rare find with other birders!