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2005-02-04: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Solitaire, Townsend's @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
From my office window.

2005-02-05: NM: San Acacia

@SAca: San Acacia
Crane, Sandhill 3 @San Acacia
Indian Hill Farms/Wildlife Sanctuary.

2005-02-10: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Woodpecker, Hairy 1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Description: Solid black wing, plain white back, red mark behind eye.
New to my office window list.
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
New to my office window list.
Sparrow, White-crowned 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Office window.

2005-02-18: NM: Socorro-Luis Lopez-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache

Notable:  Common Merganser; Black-crowned Night-Heron; Harlan's Hawk; Greater Yellowlegs
@A101: Socorro: County A-101 (Farm-Market)
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@day: Socorro-Luis Lopez-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route 1320 leave Socorro via NM-1, A-101, US-380, NM-1. 1430, stop at refuge HQ to check the logs. Marsh Loop, center road, Farm Loop. Today, at the southeast corner of the old Marsh Loop, the sign allowed passage on either the old, straight northbound leg or the new, wandering leg further east. I did both. 1800, ran out of loop and light.
1320, start new roll of 36exp Kodak VC-400 print film. Meter recalibration, lens just returned from repair: symbols --, -, =, and + refer to light meter reading. Frames 1-4 of Chihuahuan Raven 1/500, frames 5-6 1/250. Sequence of Brewer's Blackbird 1/2000(--) then 1/500(+). Frame 20, Common Merganser. Sequence through fr.32, Northern Pintail, ends with 1/2000(-), 1/1000(+), last frame on auto-exposure. Last frame Northern Harrier at 1/2000(-).
1455, second roll of VC-400. First two frames 1/1000(-), 1/500(+), same Northern Harrier. Fr.4 taking off, 1/1000(?). Fr.5-7, Neotropic Cormorant. Fr. 8-12, American Coot frame-filler. Fr. 13-15, Ring-necked Duck pair. Fr. 16-17, Greater Yellowlegs. Next, Great Blue Heron 1/500(=), 1/250(=), 1/1000(-), through fr.21. Ring-necked Pheasant through fr.30, last at 1/125. Ruddy Duck 1/125, 1/500 = fr.33, meter says 1/250 but bright water dominates. Last three frames Black-crowned Night Heron 1/60, then two at 1/125.
Third roll of VC-400. Frames 1-2 Bald Eagle adult, that's all for today.
Goose, Snow 3000+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Ross' 1000+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
One dense flock on the north end had about 3:1 Snow:Ross.
Goose, Canada 100+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
All good-sized birds. Yes, I'm checking for Cackling.
Gadwall @Bosque del Apache NWR
Fourth most numerous dabbler.
Mallard 20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Contrary to ``Happy Mallard Corner'' a month ago, that corner was pretty sparse today, only about 20 ducks total, and none of them Mallards.
Teal, Cinnamon 10+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
Most numerous dabbler today.
Pintail, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
Second most numerous dabbler today.
Teal, Green-Winged @Bosque del Apache NWR
Third most numerous dabbler today.
Canvasback 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead 10+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ring-necked 20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Lesser 
3♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bufflehead 3♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Merganser, Common 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
In the small pond directly across NM-1 from the headquarters.
Duck, Ruddy 80+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 6 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Night-Heron, Black-crowned 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Usual heron roost, the triangular pond just south of the east end of the center road.
Description: Note nuptial plume visible in photo.
Eagle, Bald 
3-6a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Two adults perched close together on a branch inspired this haiku: Bosque winter day/Goose-murdering valentines/Eagles side by side.
2-3i @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 4+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Cooper's 1a @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Red-tailed 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Harlan's 1 @Socorro: County A-101 (Farm-Market)
Description: Dark underparts while perched except for random light streaking on the upper chest. In flight, underbody and patagium blackish, flight feathers whitish. Tail dark-tipped, rest is light, no red color.
Kestrel, American 6 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Coot, American 400+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
One tight raft of 150 on the north half of the pond containing the Boardwalk.
Crane, Sandhill 2000+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Yellowlegs, Greater 1-2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Marsh loop. Saw one, later saw another nearby, could be the same bird. Long, slightly decurved bill.
Pigeon, Rock @Bosque del Apache NWR
San Antonio, farms.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 5+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
San Antonio.
Dove, White-winged 10+ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Mourning 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Inca 10 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Flicker, Northern 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Raven, Chihuahuan 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
One perched on a fence near the Socorro Airport.
Vocalizations: 'Rack rack'.
Robin, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, White-crowned 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Junco, Oregon 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Blackbird, Red-winged 500+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Meadowlark, Western 10+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Heard one good song.
Blackbird, Brewer's @Bosque del Apache NWR
Plentiful on a farm east of NM-1 where it intersects the road to the San Antonio dump. Big flocks mixed with Red-winged Blackbird about 2:3, but I didn't see any cowbirds today.
Grackle, Great-tailed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
``Downtown'' San Antonio.
Finch, House 8+ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Goldfinch, American 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR

2005-02-20: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Full song at 1825 MST, almost dark!

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