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2005-06-01: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Description: Normal upper mandible (not "Megabill").
Vocalizations: Singing.

2005-06-04: NM: Socorro

Notable:  Merlin; Downy Woodpecker; House Wren
@Riv: Socorro: Riverine Park
@Riv4: Socorro: Riverine Park #4
@Riv5: Socorro: Riverine Park #5
@Soc: Socorro
Route Arrived at Riverine Park about 1100, worked mainly #5 and #4 for about two hours. The river is still running very high and fast.
Merlin 1 @Socorro: Riverine Park
Harrying doves near the railroad station.
Description: I first noticed it when it took a swipe at a Collared-Dove. It flew within five yards of my car, and I observed its size, about 25% larger than a kestrel, but with a plain brown back devoid of blue or orange color, with pointed wings and the effortless ease in flight that separates it from accipiters.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Dove, Mourning # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Roadrunner, Greater # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Hummingbird, Black-chinned # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Woodpecker, Downy @Socorro: Riverine Park #4
Description: Bill about 65% of the extension of the gape line through the head.
Flycatcher, Ash-throated 4 @Socorro: Riverine Park
Raven, Common 1 @Socorro: Riverine Park
Vocalizations: Low croaks.
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged 1 @Socorro: Riverine Park
Swallow, Cliff # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Wren, House 1 @Socorro: Riverine Park #5
Warbler, MacGillivray's 1 @Socorro: Riverine Park #5
Towhee, Spotted ? @Socorro: Riverine Park
Vocalizations: I heard plenty of the usual Spotted Towhee noises, but there was one that I wasn't sure about, roughly "dug^3 whee".
Tanager, Summer # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Grosbeak, Black-headed # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Cowbird, Brown-headed # @Socorro: Riverine Park
Oriole, Bullock's # @Socorro: Riverine Park

2005-06-07: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Mockingbird, Northern @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Singing in my office Pyracantha.
Thrasher, Curve-billed 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
One singing over my orchard, and another, possibly a young of the year, on a wire over Houghton Street.

2005-06-08: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Phainopepla 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2005-06-10: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Description: Normal bill.
Siskin, Pine 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Salt cedar near Speare Hall.

2005-06-12: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Calling.

2005-06-13: NM: Socorro

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
@soc: Socorro
Texas Horned Toad, Phrynosoma cornutum, at home, by the row of three round spots down the back. Snout-vent about 4-5". On a later date (2005-06-20), observed the black stripes radiating from below the eye, and took several photos (through frame 26).
Mockingbird, Northern @Socorro
In my orchard and also my office Pyracantha, clearly within the territory of my pair of Curve-billed Thrashers.
Vocalizations: Singing.

2005-06-15: NM: Socorro

@soc: Socorro
Killdeer 1 @Socorro
Breeding: Sitting tightly on a nest not six feet from the east rail of the BNSF mainline, immediately opposite the derail on the north leg of the wye. A conductor had told me about this two days ago. He said the bird had sat tight all the while this huge train was moving around. The railroad people were being quite considerate, changing where they stopped the train slightly so no one would accidentally step on the nest.

2005-06-27: CO: Ludlow Massacre Memorial

@Ludlow: Ludlow Massacre Memorial
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Ludlow Massacre Memorial
Kingbird, Western 1 @Ludlow Massacre Memorial
Sparrow, Lark 1 @Ludlow Massacre Memorial
Vocalizations: A song of almost thrasher-like beauty.

2005-06-29: NM: Socorro-Magdalenas

@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
@day: Socorro-Magdalenas
Route Sitting around in the Water Canyon area for a few hours around the middle of the day. Brief walk maybe half a mile above the campground on the well-marked trail there from 1400-1545.
Mystery call: 'ray-deep'.
Dove, White-winged ? @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Wire on the canyon mouth. Big, plain tan bird.
Swift, White-throated 25+ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Near the canyon mouth on the cliffs to the east.
Woodpecker, Acorn 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Wood-Pewee, Western @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Flycatcher, Ash-throated @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Kingbird, Western @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Shrike, Loggerhead @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Behavior: Gaping in the heat.
Vireo, Solitary 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Raven, Common 6 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Waterhole on the flats near the FR505 turnoff.
Nuthatch, White-breasted @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Thrush, Hermit @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Vocalizations: Song rolling but neither rising nor falling.
Robin, American @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Mockingbird, Northern 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Flats below the canyon.
Warbler, Grace's 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground
Sparrow, Chipping # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Campground

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