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1998-05-07: NM: Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs

Notable:  Eurasian Collared-Dove; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Rose-breasted Grosbeak
@Bit: Bitter Lake NWR
@CH: Chaves County
@LE: Lea County
@LI: Lincoln County
@Ros: Roswell area
@SocCo: Socorro County
@day: Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Goose, Canada 
2 @Bitter Lake NWR
2 @Lincoln County
Grassy field near Picacho.
Gadwall # @Bitter Lake NWR
Wigeon, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Mallard # @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, Blue-winged 1♂ @Bitter Lake NWR
Teal, Cinnamon # @Bitter Lake NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bitter Lake NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bitter Lake NWR
Grebe, Western 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
1998-05-07-0018
Egret, Snowy 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Egret, Cattle 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Vulture, Turkey # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Harrier, Northern 1 @Chaves County
NM-249, E of Hagerman.
Hawk, Swainson's 
1 @Socorro County
WSMR Stallion Site.
1 @Lea County
Near Lovington.
Hawk, Red-tailed 1 @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
NM-249, E of Hagerman.
Description: Light phase.
Kestrel, American # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Coot, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
Killdeer # @Bitter Lake NWR
Stilt, Black-necked # @Bitter Lake NWR
Avocet, American # @Bitter Lake NWR
dowitcher sp. # @Bitter Lake NWR
Phalarope, Wilson's # @Bitter Lake NWR
All over the south end.
Phalarope, Red-necked # @Bitter Lake NWR
Less numerous than Wilson's.
gull sp. # @Bitter Lake NWR
Pigeon, Rock # @Roswell area
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 1 @Roswell area
From Applebee's on north US-70 in Roswell, go east on 23rd. The first paved road going north from 23rd is Grand Street; this street is just west of Cole Street, which was mentioned in John Parmeter's instructions.
Description: A medium-sized, plain sand-colored dove with a sharply defined black nuchal bar; tail square with broad light terminal band.
1998-05-07-0031
My life bird.
Dove, White-winged 1 @Roswell area
Same location as the Collared-Dove.
Dove, Mourning # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Dove, Inca 1 @Roswell area
Same location as the Collared-Dove.
Roadrunner, Greater 
1 @Lincoln County
1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Owl, Burrowing 1 @Chaves County
Perched on a telephone line between Dexter and Hagerman.
Kingbird, Western # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed @Chaves County
East of Hagerman, where NM-249 joins NM-172 and turns south. Not far from Maljamar.
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Lark, Horned # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Swallow, Barn # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Robin, American # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Mockingbird, Northern # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Sparrow, Lark 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Near the refuge office.
Bunting, Lark # @Lea County
Grosbeak, Rose-breasted @Bitter Lake NWR
Near the refuge office.
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bitter Lake NWR
Meadowlark, Western 1 @Bitter Lake NWR
Vocalizations: By song.
Blackbird, Yellow-headed 1♀ @Bitter Lake NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Finch, House # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs
Sparrow, House # @Socorro-Roswell-Hobbs

1998-05-08: NM: Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad

Notable:  Blue-winged Teal; Northern Waterthrush
@All: Lea Co.: Allred Tank
@Hobbs: Hobbs area
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@day: Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Route Parked on Lea County Rte 21 and walked in to Allred Tank, arriving about 1100. Weather cool, nice breeze, getting gusty later. Since I last visited, many trees have been cleared, leaving only about ten of the biggest old willows and a cottonwood. The south pond had water, the north pond was just muddy. Rattlesnake Springs visited briefly during very windy afternoon.
Teal, Blue-winged @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
4♂ @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
5♀ @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Quail, Scaled @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Guessing Scaled by habitat; pretty dry out here.
Vulture, Turkey # @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Harrier, Northern # @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Eagle, Golden 1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Killdeer 1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Dove, Mourning # @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Flycatcher, Olive-sided ? @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
I was at a loss to ID this at the time, because the olive-sideds I've seen in Northern California never have yellow on the breast, but the pattern was otherwise the same, and I saw a pretty similar bird the next day at RS.
Wood-Pewee, Western 1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Flycatcher, Gray 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Vermilion 1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Western # @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed 2 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Vireo, Plumbeous @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Quite gray.
Jay, Blue 2 @Hobbs area
The yard of our ancestral home at 1107 West Gold.
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Swallow, Barn # @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Wren, Cactus 1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Mockingbird, Northern @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Waterthrush, Northern 1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Warbler, Orange-crowned ? @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Description: Yellow below including undertail, light streaking on breast, but couldn't tell if it was red or gray.
Warbler, MacGillivray's 1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Warbler, Wilson's # @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Sparrow, Cassin's # @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Several parachuting and showing white tail corners.
Sparrow, Chipping 
1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
# @Rattlesnake Springs
Bunting, Lark 30+ @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
1998-05-08-0005
Most common bird here by far. Many singing males.
Sparrow, White-crowned 2a @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Pyrrhuloxia # @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Grosbeak, Blue 1 @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Grackle, Common # @Hobbs area
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Oriole, Bullock's # @Lea Co.: Allred Tank
Finch, House # @Hobbs-Allred Tank-Rattlesnake Springs-Carlsbad
Sparrow, House # @Rattlesnake Springs

1998-05-09: NM: Rattlesnake Springs

@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
Met Steve West and Jonalyn Yancey, who were doing an IMDB migration count.
Pheasant, Ring-necked  [uncountable] @Rattlesnake Springs
Vocalizations: The familiar 'kwaa-kwuk' call.
Steve West says these are recent introductions.
Turkey, Wild 2+ [uncountable] @Rattlesnake Springs
Heron, Green 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Vulture, Turkey # @Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, Mourning # @Rattlesnake Springs
hummingbird sp. 1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Olive-sided 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Large size, pattern of light center streak up breast between dark flanks—the yellowish “waistcoat” threw me because N. Calif. birds are white here; assistance from JY in ID
Wood-Pewee, Western # @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Willow ? @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: A very non-yellow empid, perched over the aqueduct with running water in it; reminds me of a bird I photographed in this same microhabitat years ago and later Hubbard said it was a Willow
Flycatcher, Least ? @Rattlesnake Springs
Vocalizations: Dry 'che-bek' call heard all day
Flycatcher, Vermilion 
2+♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
1+♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Cassin's # @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Entire dorsal head and face a medium-dark gray; sharply defined oval white patch on chin, laterally extended, contrasts with dark chest; tail with lighter terminal band and no white outers.
Vocalizations: “ber-eer,” longer and louder than the similar pewee call.
1998-05-09-00211998-05-09-00231998-05-09-0027
All but two of the many kingbirds were this species.
Kingbird, Western 2 @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: White outer rectrices, gradient from chin-throat-chest-belly more gradual and lighter overall; dorsal head and face light brown rather than dark gray of Cassin's or light gray of Socorro birds; “fast forward” babbling.
Vireo, Bell's 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: white line from lores over eye, ending just posterior to eye; no yellowish cast; small size.
Vocalizations: Song with phrases in rising/falling vireo pattern, but much longer than Solitary phrases.
Vireo, Plumbeous @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: No yellow; complete eye pothook.
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Rattlesnake Springs
swallow sp. @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: White underparts, shallow tail fork, not Barn.
Swallow, Barn # @Rattlesnake Springs
Wren, Bewick's 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Thrush, Hermit # @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Breast with dark brown to blackish spots on a pale cream background. Those whose tails I could see in good light looked reddish; the rest looked brown.
Easy to find if you stick your head into the thicket by the stream.
Robin, American # @Rattlesnake Springs
Mockingbird, Northern # @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, MacGillivray's # @Rattlesnake Springs
Yellowthroat, Common 1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Yellow #♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Audubon's 2+ @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Wilson's # @Rattlesnake Springs
Chat, Yellow-breasted 3+ @Rattlesnake Springs
Towhee, Canyon 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Slightly more rufous crown; some pale marks on throat; dorsum solid brown; underparts light except buffy around vent.
Sparrow, Chipping # @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, Lark 2 @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Summer #♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Western 2♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Cardinal, Northern 3♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Grosbeak, Blue # @Rattlesnake Springs
Bunting, Painted #[fide Steve West] @Rattlesnake Springs
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Rattlesnake Springs
Oriole, Bullock's # @Rattlesnake Springs
Finch, House # @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, House # @Rattlesnake Springs

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