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2004-03-01: NM: Bernardo WMA

@day: Bernardo WMA
goose, white 
400+ @Bernardo WMA
400+ @Bernardo WMA

2004-03-03: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@day: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca 
4 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
4 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 
@Socorro
@Socorro
Waxwing, Cedar 
15+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
15+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech

2004-03-05: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 
1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2004-03-09: NM: Socorro

@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
@day: Socorro
Wigeon, American 
@Socorro
@Socorro
Redhead 
@Socorro
@Socorro
Duck, Ring-necked 
@Socorro
@Socorro
Merganser, Common 
@Socorro
@Socorro
Grebe, Eared 
@Socorro
@Socorro
Coot, American 
@Socorro
@Socorro

2004-03-10: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Phoebe, Say's 
@New Mexico Tech
@New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Yellow-rumped 
@New Mexico Tech
Lawn W of Macey Center.
@New Mexico Tech
Lawn W of Macey Center.

2004-03-13: NM: New Mexico Tech

Notable:  Common Merganser
@FH: New Mexico Tech: Faculty Hill
@Hilltop: New Mexico Tech: Hilltop
Clump of old trees on the south side of Canyon Road, opposite Campus Police and west of the greenhouse.
@NMT: New Mexico Tech
@TBay: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@Terry: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Route Walked from home, up Goad Road, along dike west of Faculty Hill, Turtle Bay, campus, home. First time on the new route ctrossing the fence at the end of Goad Rd. and turning left to go through the Protestant cemetery.
Wigeon, American 
6 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
6 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
120 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
120 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Redhead 
16 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
16 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked 
45 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
45 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
3♂ @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
3♂ @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Merganser, Common 
3♀ @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
3♀ @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Grebe, Pied-billed 
1 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
1 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Grebe, Eared 
2 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
2 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Heron, Great Blue 
1 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
1 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Eagle, Bald 
i? @New Mexico Tech
Behavior: Soaring west of Goad Rd.
i? @New Mexico Tech
Behavior: Soaring west of Goad Rd.
Coot, American 
24 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
24 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Killdeer 
@New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
@New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Phoebe, Black 
1 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Phoebe, Say's 
@New Mexico Tech: Faculty Hill
@New Mexico Tech: Faculty Hill
Scrub-Jay, Western 
@New Mexico Tech
Desert Willow Apts. unit D; these units used to be called Family Student Housing, abbreviated FSH on my pocket cards.
@New Mexico Tech
Desert Willow Apts. unit D; these units used to be called Family Student Housing, abbreviated FSH on my pocket cards.
raven sp. 
@New Mexico Tech
Golf course where they've bred in previous years.
@New Mexico Tech
Golf course where they've bred in previous years.
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged 
2-3 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
2-3 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Verdin 
@New Mexico Tech
Goad Rd.
Vocalizations: A lazy 'tsyed', not the usual 'snap' call.
@New Mexico Tech
Goad Rd.
Vocalizations: A lazy 'tsyed', not the usual 'snap' call.
@New Mexico Tech: Hilltop
Breeding: Pair constructing nest in fork of tree about 8' above ground.
@New Mexico Tech: Hilltop
Breeding: Pair constructing nest in fork of tree about 8' above ground.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 
@New Mexico Tech
Near Driscoll Hall.
@New Mexico Tech
Near Driscoll Hall.
Phainopepla 
@New Mexico Tech
602 Fitch.
First of the year.
@New Mexico Tech
602 Fitch.
First of the year.
Warbler, Audubon's 
2 @New Mexico Tech: Hilltop
2 @New Mexico Tech: Hilltop
# @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
# @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Warbler, Myrtle 
1 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
1 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Sparrow, Black-throated 
@New Mexico Tech
Protestant cemetery.
@New Mexico Tech
Protestant cemetery.

2004-03-18: NM: Socorro-Bosque del Apache

@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SAnt: San Antonio
@day: Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Route Leave Socorro about 1330, drive I-25 to San Antonio, NM-1 to Bosque del Apache, once around the loop (missing the center road), finishing up around 1700.
Missed Pied-billed Grebe; no swallows, despite the lack of wind.
Film Started a new roll of Kodachrome 64, camera being empty since the last date. Shot a few frames of a close Clark's Grebe, but EI was set around 300, so they'll be thick.
With Dr. Elinor Gates, visiting from out of town.
Goose, Snow 
~13 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: All bill shapes and patterns were checked, not a one was Ross's. Includes a few Blues.
~13 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: All bill shapes and patterns were checked, not a one was Ross's. Includes a few Blues.
Goose, Canada 
30+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
30+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
At the moment, the most numerous duck on the refuge, outnumbering Northern Pintail about 3:2.
@Bosque del Apache NWR
At the moment, the most numerous duck on the refuge, outnumbering Northern Pintail about 3:2.
Mallard 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon 
4♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
4♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
4♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
4♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern 
300+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Second most numerous duck.
300+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Second most numerous duck.
Teal, American Green-winged 
100+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
100+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
South end of the Marsh Loop.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
South end of the Marsh Loop.
Redhead 
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked 
300+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Many in channels hard by the tour route.
Mostly in pairs.
300+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Many in channels hard by the tour route.
Mostly in pairs.
Scaup, Lesser 
2♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Elinor probably saw 1f.
2♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Elinor probably saw 1f.
Bufflehead 
20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy 
30+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Some males still with brown bills, two with the alternate blue bill color.
30+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Some males still with brown bills, two with the alternate blue bill color.
Pheasant, Ring-necked 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Several in addition to the two that were attacked by the Cooper's Hawk.
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Several in addition to the two that were attacked by the Cooper's Hawk.
Grebe, Eared 
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: One close to full alternate plumage, the other about halfway.
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: One close to full alternate plumage, the other about halfway.
Aechmophorus sp. 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Remained resolutely in the folded 'tape dispenser' position.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Remained resolutely in the folded 'tape dispenser' position.
Grebe, Clark's 
Description: Both had strongly bright yellow bills, and the eye in a patch only a little darker than the white face plumage.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
North end of the Boardwalk pond.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
North end of the Boardwalk pond.
@Bosque del Apache NWR
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Close to the road, coming back up the far side of the Marsh Loop.
@Bosque del Apache NWR
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Close to the road, coming back up the far side of the Marsh Loop.
Cormorant, Neotropic 
~20 @Bosque del Apache NWR
~20 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Cooper's 
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Dark cap, eye well forward in the skull, fine red barring on underparts.
Behavior: First spotted perched by the pond right by the loop entrance, then twice more at locations around the loop. One antic gave us the high point of the day. The bird was perched on a horizontal branch and not seeming to pay much attention to us nearby on the road. Suddenly it did something I've rarely seen Accipiters do: it hopped and then ran along the branch, staring intently down into some brush below. Suddenly it dropped like a rock into the brush and out exploded two cock pheasants going opposite directions. The hawk chased one a quarter mile or so, but the pheasant dropped into some brush and the hawk gave it up.
Three sightings, likely the same individual.
@Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Dark cap, eye well forward in the skull, fine red barring on underparts.
Behavior: First spotted perched by the pond right by the loop entrance, then twice more at locations around the loop. One antic gave us the high point of the day. The bird was perched on a horizontal branch and not seeming to pay much attention to us nearby on the road. Suddenly it did something I've rarely seen Accipiters do: it hopped and then ran along the branch, staring intently down into some brush below. Suddenly it dropped like a rock into the brush and out exploded two cock pheasants going opposite directions. The hawk chased one a quarter mile or so, but the pheasant dropped into some brush and the hawk gave it up.
Three sightings, likely the same individual.
Hawk, Red-tailed 
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Intermediate phase, with full dark belly-bands.
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Intermediate phase, with full dark belly-bands.
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Dark phase adult, with all underparts near-black except for white underwings, and a red tail.
1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Dark phase adult, with all underparts near-black except for white underwings, and a red tail.
Kestrel, American 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crane, Sandhill 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Single bird inside the loop.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Single bird inside the loop.
Killdeer 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Yellowlegs, Greater 
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dowitcher, Long-billed 
30+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
W of NM-1, N of refuge HQ.
30+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
W of NM-1, N of refuge HQ.
Snipe, Wilson's 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Very close to the Marsh Loop.
Behavior: Crawling through short scrub.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Very close to the Marsh Loop.
Behavior: Crawling through short scrub.
Gull, Ring-billed 
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Inside SW corner of the Farm Loop.
2a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Inside SW corner of the Farm Loop.
Pigeon, Rock 
# @San Antonio
# @San Antonio
Roadrunner, Greater 
3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flicker, Red-shafted 
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flyover.
1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flyover.
Phoebe, Black 
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 
5+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
5+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Corvus sp. 
~60 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: At this season, at that distance, and lacking any vocalizations, it could be crows, either raven, or a mixture.
Behavior: Following a plow on the north side of the Farm Loop.
~60 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: At this season, at that distance, and lacking any vocalizations, it could be crows, either raven, or a mixture.
Behavior: Following a plow on the north side of the Farm Loop.
Pipit, American 
? @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Could have been a Song Sparrow for as well as I saw this small streaky bird crawling through the undergrowth.
? @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Could have been a Song Sparrow for as well as I saw this small streaky bird crawling through the undergrowth.
Sparrow, White-crowned 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Meadowlark, Western 
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
# @Bosque del Apache NWR

2004-03-19: NM: San Acacia

@SAca: San Acacia
Egret, Cattle 
20 @San Acacia
In newly sprouting farm field.
20 @San Acacia
In newly sprouting farm field.

2004-03-23: NM: Socorro

@Terry: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
@day: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Redhead 
# @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
# @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked 
# @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
# @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Grebe, Eared 
2 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
2 @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Coot, American 
# @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
# @New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Scrub-Jay, Western 
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
@Socorro: 507 Fitch

2004-03-24: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Vulture, Turkey 
@New Mexico Tech
Near Brown Hall.
First of the year.
@New Mexico Tech
Near Brown Hall.
First of the year.

2004-03-25: NM: Socorro

@Chap: Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Hawk, Red-tailed 
i @Socorro
Hope Farms-Low Flow diagonal connector road
Description: Dark phase.
i @Socorro
Hope Farms-Low Flow diagonal connector road
Description: Dark phase.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 
6 @Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
6 @Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
Dove, White-winged 
# @Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
# @Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
Dove, Mourning 
@Socorro
@Socorro
Scrub-Jay, Western 
@Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
Vocalizations: Heard only.
@Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Raven, Chihuahuan 
@Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
Description: White neck underfeathering visible from preening and breezes.
Vocalizations: 'rack'
@Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
Description: White neck underfeathering visible from preening and breezes.
Vocalizations: 'rack'
Mockingbird, Northern 
@Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
@Socorro: Chaparral Rd.
Phainopepla 
1♂ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
1♂ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Junco, Dark-eyed 
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
Meadowlark, Western 
@Socorro
Hope Farms Rd.
Vocalizations: 'Low dull rattle' of Sibley guide.
@Socorro
Hope Farms Rd.
Vocalizations: 'Low dull rattle' of Sibley guide.

2004-03-30: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Scrub-Jay, Western 
@Socorro: 507 Fitch
@Socorro: 507 Fitch

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