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2002-05-08: NM: Socorro

@day: Socorro
Warbler, MacGillivray's @Socorro

2002-05-09: NM: Socorro

@day: Socorro
Woodpecker, Lewis' @Socorro

2002-05-11: NM: Socorro Co.: IMBD Count (partial)

@SS: Socorro: Sedillo Spring
@SocCo: Socorro Co.: IMBD Count (partial)
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Route Mainly Sedillo Spring and Turtle Bay.
Flycatcher, Olive-sided @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
2002-05-15-0026
Waterthrush, Northern @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
2002-05-15-0025
Warbler, Hooded 1 @Socorro: Sedillo Spring
2002-05-15-00152002-05-15-0022

2002-05-17: NM: Eddy-Lea Cos.

Notable:  Olive-sided Flycatcher; Black-and-white Warbler; American Redstart
@CCNP: Carlsbad Caverns National Park: HQ
@Eddy: Eddy Co.
@Lea: Lea Co.
@RS: Rattlesnake Springs
@day: Eddy-Lea Cos.
Route Time 0600-0950. Strong wind out of the north all day, even before dawn. This is the second time I've worked this spot on a windy day, and my advice to others is to work the lee side of the larger thickets around the pond, where some interesting birds are cowering out of the wind. All in all, though, a pretty short species list: not one vireo, for example. Worked CCNP headquarters around midday.
Turkey, Wild 11 @Rattlesnake Springs
Had 11 in sight at once, mostly lollygagging around the lawn near the residence. Pretty tame.
Behavior: One tom displaying.
2002-05-17-0032
Vulture, Turkey # @Rattlesnake Springs
Hawk, Swainson's @Rattlesnake Springs
Highway near Carlsbad.
Kestrel, American # @Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, Rock # @Rattlesnake Springs
Dove, Mourning # @Rattlesnake Springs
nighthawk sp. 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Carlsbad, pre-dawn.
hummingbird sp. @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Olive-sided @Rattlesnake Springs
Near the pond outflow.
Wood-Pewee, Western 5 @Rattlesnake Springs
Empidonax sp. 2 @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Vermilion 
a♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
a♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
2i @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Streaky, white-bellied.
Behavior: Begging from the adults.
3 @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Ash-throated @Rattlesnake Springs
On the fence just outside the park.
Kingbird, Cassin's 2 @Rattlesnake Springs
Kingbird, Western # @Rattlesnake Springs
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed @Lea Co.
Seen from US 62-180 about 10 miles west of Hobbs.
Raven, Chihuahuan @Rattlesnake Springs
Ubiquitous on highways.
Swallow, Barn # @Rattlesnake Springs
Wren, Bewick's @Carlsbad Caverns National Park: HQ
One very tame bird observed for 30 seconds at a range of about six feet in a bush hard by the HQ building.
Wren, House 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Robin, American 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Mockingbird, Northern # @Rattlesnake Springs
Ubiquitous and unafraid of the winds.
Starling, European @Eddy Co.
Downtown Carlsbad.
Waxwing, Cedar 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Phainopepla 1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Yellow 3+ @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Saw the fine red breast streaking well.
Warbler, Audubon's 1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Description: Fresh alt. plumage.
Warbler, Black-and-white 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Hanging around the pond outflow for about 20 minutes and still found there an hour later.
Description: Black crown patches flanking white median stripe, two wingbars, two anteroposteriorly oriented rows of small round dark spots flanking the vent.
Redstart, American 1♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Uncharacteristically slow-moving and also loitering near the pond outflow on and off for an hour or more, and singing.
Description: Probably a young male of the year, based on the short, dark smudgy line extending partway across the chest, and the warm color spots just under the anterior end of the folded wing, which were more of an orange-yellow than a plain yellow.
Warbler, MacGillivray's 3 @Rattlesnake Springs
Warbler, Wilson's 3♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Chat, Yellow-breasted 4 @Rattlesnake Springs
This is still my favorite place to both find and actually get to watch this species.
Sparrow, Lark 1 @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, White-crowned 3 @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Summer 
#♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
#♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Tanager, Western 
3♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
2♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Cardinal, Northern 2-3 @Rattlesnake Springs
Grosbeak, Black-headed 2♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
Grosbeak, Blue 
2♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Bunting, Painted 2♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
2002-05-17-00282002-05-17-0029
What a beautiful bird. It's never a day wasted at Rattlesnake Springs if I get even a glimpse of this charmer. One of them sprang up onto a tree not far after dawn, saw me, and immediately bolted back into the thicket. The other actually stayed in sight for a couple of minutes.
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Rattlesnake Springs
Oriole, Orchard 
3♂ @Rattlesnake Springs
2002-05-17-0035
1♀ @Rattlesnake Springs
Finch, House 
# @Rattlesnake Springs
1i @Carlsbad Caverns National Park: HQ
Description: Just out of pinfeathers, a `brancher' hopping around in a bush near headquarters.
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Rattlesnake Springs
Sparrow, House # @Rattlesnake Springs

2002-05-18: NM: Hobbs

@Hobbs: Hobbs
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 1-2 @Hobbs
City Park.
Raven, Chihuahuan @Hobbs
Strangely, almost absent in downtown Hobbs.

2002-05-24: NM: Socorro

@day: Socorro
Phoebe, Say's @Socorro
Flycatcher, Ash-throated @Socorro
Vireo, Warbling @Socorro
Waxwing, Cedar @Socorro
Warbler, Yellow @Socorro
Warbler, MacGillivray's @Socorro
Tanager, Western @Socorro

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