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2005-04-03: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Swallow, Barn 1 @Socorro
Chaparral Loop
First of year.

2005-04-10: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Kestrel, American 
2♂ @Socorro
2♀ @Socorro
Blackbird, Yellow-headed 2+ @Socorro
Chaparral Road near Otero St.

2005-04-11: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @New Mexico Tech
Office window.

2005-04-12: NM: Socorro

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@TBay: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Wigeon, American 40 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Pelican, American White 16 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Yard list, circling overhead, quite high.
Heron, Green 1 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Coot, American 3 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Collared-Dove, Eurasian @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Vocalizations: Hoarse 'wa waah hoo', ratio of the lengths of these notes about 1:6:2, slight drop in pitch on last note.
Dove, Inca # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Phoebe, Black 1 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
First of the year.
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Singing
Warbler, Myrtle @New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay

2005-04-14: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Finch, Cassin's 3♀ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
I can't remember seeing another Cassin's Finch all winter, and here three turn up in early spring.
Siskin, Pine @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Also pretty much absent all winter until today.

2005-04-16: NM: Socorro-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache

Notable:  Greater Scaup
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@JO: Luis Lopez: Oldenettel residence
@day: Socorro-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route 1215, leave Socorro via NM-1 south. 1225, walk around Oldenettel's yard in Luis Lopez. 1240, south on A-101, short run up the first two or three miles of Bosquecito Road (on the east side of the Rio Grande, starting at US 380) to inspect the extensive recent burn. 1310, turnaround on Bosquecite Road. 1330, Bosque headquarters area. 1345, Marsh Loop, seasonal road, Farm Loop, then down NM-1 to the railroad bridge at Elmendorf Switch. 1700, end.
Missed No shorebirds except Black-necked Stilt.
Film Start on frame 3, Kodak VC-400. New notation for shot sequences: [m,n) means starting at or after frame m and shooting up to but not including frame n. Frames [3,6) Eared Grebe. [6], Sharp-shinned Hawk. [,11) Redhead. [,23) Snow Goose. [24], Western Kingbird. [,28) N. Rough-winged Swallow. [,31) Red-tailed Hawk 1/1000, 1/500, 1/2000, palm of hand metered at 1/500.
Goose, white Snow 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goose, Canada 40+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Gadwall @Bosque del Apache NWR
Commonest duck by far.
Mallard 200+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon 15+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern @Bosque del Apache NWR
Second commonest duck.
Teal, Green-Winged 10+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Canvasback 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead @Bosque del Apache NWR
Third commonest duck.
Duck, Ring-necked 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Scaup, Greater 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Crown of head broadly rounded. I ran into a couple of serious birders (judging by their well-chosen field gear and plethora of patches from South Texas) who concurred on the ID. Direct comparison with nearby female Lesser Scaup.
Scaup, Lesser 
3♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Ruddy 50+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Turkey, Wild # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Gobbling heard nearby from in the trees.
Grebe, Pied-billed 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Eared 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Breeding plumage, with golden plumes and all-black neck.
Grebe, Clark's 4 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Visible from Boardwalk. Eyes in white, and two showed yellow bills.
Cormorant, Neotropic 8 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Great 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy 50+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle 4+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Green 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Flushed along the southbound leg of the Marsh Loop.
Ibis, White-faced 20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey @Socorro-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
Harrier, Northern 4+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1a♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Swainson's 1 @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel residence
Hawk, Red-tailed 3 @Socorro-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
Kestrel, American # @Socorro-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
Sora @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Grunting heard on the Marsh loop.
Coot, American @Bosque del Apache NWR
Common on all water.
Stilt, Black-necked 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pigeon, Rock # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Farms S of San Antonio.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
San Antonio, also near Socorro RR station.
Dove, White-winged @Socorro-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
Dove, Mourning 200+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hummingbird, Black-chinned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingfisher, Belted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Northbound leg of the Farm Loop, in a ditch.
Phoebe, Black 12-13 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Most I've ever seen here.
Phoebe, Say's 3 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Western 
2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
First of year.
# @Bosque del Apache NWR
Raven, Chihuahuan 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: By voice.
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged 20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Most of these were perched in two trees at the 'heron rookery' just south of the center road's eastern intersection with the loops.
Swallow, Barn @Socorro-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
Robin, American @Socorro-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
Thrasher, Crissal 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
NM-1 near Elmendorf Bridge.
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bosque headquarters parking lot.
Vocalizations: Singing.
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Junco, Pink-sided 1 @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel residence
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Socorro-San Antonio-Bosque del Apache
Meadowlark, Western @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
San Antonio.
Finch, House # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Siskin, Pine @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Goldfinch, Lesser 1 @Luis Lopez: Oldenettel residence

2005-04-17: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Film Starting at frame 31, finish yesterday's roll of VC-400 in the backyard, Cassin's Finch, then Pine Siskin. This roll started 2005-0218-1655, Bosque del Apache.
Dove, Inca 1 @Socorro
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro
Vocalizations: Singing.
Finch, Cassin's 1♀ @Socorro
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro

2005-04-19: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Mockingbird, Northern @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Singing
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Description: "Megabill" with oversized upper mandible
Vocalizations: singing, 'whick-wheek' call

2005-04-21: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Singing

2005-04-22: NM: Rio Rancho

@RR: Rio Rancho
Shrike, Loggerhead @Rio Rancho
Near intersection of Icarian and Falkirk (undeveloped).

2005-04-24: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Weather Alternately sunny and cloudy with spotty rain. Breezy.
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @New Mexico Tech
Kieft residence, corner of Bullock and Lopezville, immediately opposite MSEC building on campus.
Vocalizations: By 'whick-wheek' call.
Warbler, Myrtle 1 @New Mexico Tech
From my office window in Speare.

2005-04-25: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Mockingbird, Northern @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 4 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Goldfinch, Lesser 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2005-04-26: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2005-04-28: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2005-04-29: NM: Socorro

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Cowbird, Brown-headed 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
New to my window list.
Finch, Cassin's 1♀ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Siskin, Pine 6 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Goldfinch, American 1 @Socorro

2005-04-30: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@office: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare 119
Kingbird, Western 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare 119
Office window list bird #21.
Finch, Cassin's 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Siskin, Pine 
2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Speare 119
Office window list bird #22.
6 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

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