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1998-03-05: NM: Socorro

@day: Socorro
Wren, Carolina @Socorro
Riverine Park

1998-03-25: NM: Socorro County

@NF: Magdalenas: North Fork
@SocCo: Socorro County
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
1400, started hiking at the end of the pavement.
1515, reached my favorite "thinking rock" just above the second stream crossing.
1620, back to the car.
One Pronghorn near Water Canyon, eight more on the flats north of US-60 and above Sedillo Hill. North Fork, water running briskly.
Vulture, Turkey @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Near Water Canyon Campground.
My first of the year.
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sapsucker, Red-naped @Magdalenas: North Fork
Below the first stream crossing.
Description: White chin, red throat, black chest, pink nape patch.
Shrike, Loggerhead 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Flanking the Water Canyon Road outside the canyon mouth.
Description: Complete black masks; modest bill hook.
Raven, Common @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Vocalizations: Low croaks heard overhead.
swallow sp. @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Lower Water Canyon. Probably Tree or Violet-Green.
Titmouse, Juniper @Magdalenas: North Fork
Above the first stream crossing.
Behavior: Responded to my Screech Owl imitation.
Vocalizations: Rapid 'dee^2 dah^3'.
Bushtit 2 @Magdalenas: North Fork
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Behavior: Scarfing millet on my feeder near dark.
Breeding: Bulge above cloaca; egg in oviduct?

1998-03-26: NM: Percha-Caballo-Elephant Butte-Bosque

Notable:  Wood Duck
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@CD: Caballo Dam
@CR: Caballo Reservoir
@EB: Elephant Butte Lake
@EBF: Elephant Butte forebay
@PWHA: Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
@day: Percha-Caballo-Elephant Butte-Bosque
0630, at @PWHA. Now fenced.
0915, work north to check both reservoirs and Bosque del Apache.
Goose, Canada 50+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Wood 1♀ @Caballo Dam
With the cormorants.
# @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Commonest duck here.
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Green-Winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's 
# @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Western 
# @Caballo Reservoir
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Clark's # @Caballo Reservoir
More common than Western here.
Cormorant, Neotropic 
# @Caballo Reservoir
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Double-crested 
# @Caballo Dam
More numerous than Neotropical here.
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pelican, American White 
2+ @Caballo Reservoir
11 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 
@Caballo Reservoir
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 10+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Usual roost at the east end of the center road.
Vulture, Turkey 12+ @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Harrier, Northern 
@Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 
# @Percha-Caballo-Elephant Butte-Bosque
@Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 
# @Percha-Caballo-Elephant Butte-Bosque
# @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American # @Percha-Caballo-Elephant Butte-Bosque
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Stilt, Black-necked 8 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Spotted 1-3 @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Yellowlegs, Greater 30+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Least # @Bosque del Apache NWR
dowitcher sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gull, Ring-billed 
# @Caballo Dam
# @Elephant Butte Lake
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, White-winged # @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Dove, Mourning # @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Phoebe, Black 1-2 @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Shrike, Loggerhead @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
raven sp. # @Percha-Caballo-Elephant Butte-Bosque
From I-25 near Nogal Canyon, around dawn.
Crow, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Tree 2+ @Elephant Butte forebay
Swallow, Violet-green # @Elephant Butte forebay
Commonest swallow here.
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged # @Elephant Butte forebay
Swallow, Cliff # @Elephant Butte forebay
Swallow, Barn # @Elephant Butte forebay
Wren, Bewick's # @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned # @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Robin, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mockingbird, Northern # @Caballo Dam
Starling, European @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Warbler, Lucy's 3+ @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Behavior: Eating elm seeds.
Vocalizations: Singing.
Warbler, Audubon's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Towhee, Spotted @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Sparrow, Vesper 1 @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Description: White eyering, white tail banners.
Sparrow, Song @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Description: Lots of rufous in the wing and back; large chocolate stickpin.
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Percha-Caballo-Elephant Butte-Bosque
Junco, Gray-headed @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pyrrhuloxia @Caballo Dam
Blackbird, Red-winged 
@Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
In burn area.
@Bosque del Apache NWR
meadowlark sp. # @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Grackle, Great-tailed 
# @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
# @Caballo Dam
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House # @Percha-Caballo-Elephant Butte-Bosque
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Description: Including some of the green-backed form.
Goldfinch, American # @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Sparrow, House 
@Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
@Bosque del Apache NWR

1998-03-29: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Eastern Bluebird
@Riv: Socorro Riverine Park
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route Time 0855-0955.
Weather Cool, breezy, partly cloudy.
duck sp. 1 @Socorro Riverine Park
Quacking down the river. Sounded Mallardish.
Quail, Gambel's @Socorro Riverine Park
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Vulture, Turkey 10 @Socorro Riverine Park
Roosting near the low-flow channel.
Dove, Mourning / Dove, White-winged 2 @Socorro Riverine Park
Woodpecker, Downy 1 @Socorro Riverine Park
Description: Bill tiny, scarcely longer than bill of Audubon's Warbler in direct comparison.
swallow sp. 5 @Socorro Riverine Park
Swallow, Tree / Swallow, Violet-green 1 @Socorro Riverine Park
Wren, Bewick's @Socorro Riverine Park
Singing in the willows by the river's edge.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned @Socorro Riverine Park
Vocalizations: 'Gibbet' call.
Bluebird, Eastern 1♂ @Socorro Riverine Park
Description: Rusty up almost to the chin; chin scarcely paler, maybe a muddy yellow-buff.
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Singing in the orchard.
Warbler, Audubon's # @Socorro Riverine Park
Towhee, Spotted # @Socorro Riverine Park
Sparrow, White-crowned @Socorro Riverine Park
Description: One of them threw me due to contrast between the black line through the eye contrasting with a rusty superciliary, but the face between them, immediately above the eye, was gray, not white, therefore not a Chipping Sparrow.
Finch, House @Socorro Riverine Park
Vocalizations: Singing everywhere, thinly spaced.

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