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2004-08-10: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2004-08-16: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2004-08-21: NM: Socorro-Bosque del Apache

Notable:  Hooded Merganser; Black Tern; Olive-sided Flycatcher
@BWP: Bosque del Apache: boardwalk pond
@NWP: Bosque del Apache: trestle pond
Pond northest of the boardwalk pond, visible from NM-1 near the railroad trestle.
@bda: Bosque del Apache NWR
@day: Socorro-Bosque del Apache
Route 1330 leave Socorro via NM-1 and County A-101; Bosque del Apache NWR main loop including seasonal road plus two visits to location NWP hoping for the reported White Ibis (no such luck), left around 1700.
Weather Sunny and/or thundershowers, often windy. Some rainfall. Mosquitoes at industrial densities. Generally a thin day for birds. It's important for casual birders like me to go out and have these lackluster days on the refuge in order to make the super-birder's days stand out in sharp relief. You can always tell the real omniscient super-birders: they're the ones who most loudly deny being omniscient super-birders.
Missed No shorebirds except Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper. None of the large numbers of White Pelicans recently reported. None of the unwary young Soras and Virginia Rails I usually see at this time of year on the seasonal road; that area is now too heavily overgrown and doesn't look wet enough.
Film Finished a roll of EL-400 slide film, started Portra VC-400 print film, shot 14 frames.
Goose, Canada 15-20 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Includes some nearly adult-sized goslings.
Teal, Blue-winged / Teal, Cinnamon ~8 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern 30+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: All female or eclipse
Merganser, Hooded 1i @Bosque del Apache: trestle pond
Description: Small size, mergansel bill, pale brownish generally.
Quail, Gambel's @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heard around the HQ building.
Pheasant, Ring-necked 
Another birder told me that there were a lot of Japanese Green Pheasant on the refuge and he'd seen them around. He pointed to the picture in the Sibley guide, with the entire underparts bright green. News to me, and the two adult males I saw were the usual white-winged type. The immatures were getting close to adult size and were plain brown.
2a♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
3i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Turkey, Wild 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Crossing the loop road.
Grebe, Pied-billed @Bosque del Apache NWR
A few.
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Near Luis Lopez. None on the refuge.
Vulture, Turkey # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American ~20 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer 6 @Bosque del Apache: boardwalk pond
There was a fair amount of water and lots of exposed mudflat, but the exposed mud looked dry and unappetizing (to a shorebird).
Sandpiper, Spotted 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Tern, Black 3 @Bosque del Apache: trestle pond
Pigeon, Rock # @Bosque del Apache NWR
San Antonio and nearby farms.
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Lots of singles and pairs flitting around the refuge.
Roadrunner, Greater 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
None None
Hummingbird, Black-chinned 5+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Refuge HQ feeders.
Flycatcher, Olive-sided 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Where the seasonal road ends it run to the east just short of the loop road and turns northward, atop the big bare tree, the same place I saw a catbird 2003-9-13.
None None None
Wood-Pewee, Western 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Western ~20 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vireo, Blue-headed / Vireo, Cassin's @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Darkish gray head contrasts at nape with rich olive-green back. Not a lot of yellow tinge to the flanks.
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: 'rack' calls
Swallow, Tree 2+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Blue back, lack of flank notches.
I never found a spot to really study the swallows today. There were a number around.
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Catbird, Gray ? @Bosque del Apache NWR
Strictly a guess based on a few mewing calls from the thicket under the tree where I saw the Olive-sided Flycatcher, and since there have been numerous reports of this species from the refuge recently, and because I saw one here 2003-09-13. None of this should be construed as actual evidence, however.
warbler sp. @Bosque del Apache NWR
Only two or three warbler-type songs, possibly Yellow.
Sparrow, Chipping # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Lark # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Several on the refuge. Also in farm fields along County A-101.
Tanager, Summer @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: 'dybbuk' call
Grosbeak, Blue 50+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
There's a certain leggy grass that grows quite widely in the northeast corner of the main loop, bearing brown seed heads that are bowed well over at this season. The grosbeaks were feeding all through them.
Bunting, Lazuli 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Same location as Blue Grosbeak.
Blackbird, Red-winged #ϕ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House 15+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: One mob moving around together.
Goldfinch, Lesser @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: 'dit-dit-dit'
Heard calling all day.

2004-08-26: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca 3 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
"Megabill", with oversized upper mandible.

2004-08-30: NM: Socorro

@day: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@work: New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Verdin 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Description: No red on the wrist. Almost no yellow color, just a slight yellowish tinge at the very top of the crown.
Behavior: This bird spent at least half an hour apparently raiding the spiders' larders under the canopy of my office window at home, grabbing big chunks of cobwebs and ripping them up.
Vocalizations: 'snap' call, also 'tsyee'
Wren, House 1 @New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Salt cedar by Speare downstairs ramp.
Warbler, Wilson's 20+ @New Mexico Tech: Speare Hall
Salt cedar by Speare downstairs ramp.

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