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2005-07-04: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Inca @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Calling.
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1♂ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Oriole, Bullock's 1♀ @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2005-07-05: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Phoebe, Say's @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Species #27 on the Speare 119 office window list.

2005-07-09: NM: Socorro-Magdalenas

Notable:  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon
@WH: Magdalenas: Water Canyon: waterhole
Cattle water hole near the midpoint of the paved road.
@day: Socorro-Magdalenas
Egret, Cattle 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Seen from I-25 near San Acacia.
Vulture, Turkey 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon: waterhole
Hawk, Red-tailed 1a @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Near Dicaperl mill on US 60.
Woodpecker, Acorn @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Scrub-Jay, Western @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Raven, Common 
1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon: waterhole
@Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Vocalizations: Deep croaks.
Bushtit # @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
North Fork road below Copper Fork.
Description: White eyering; one more bluish, the other more grayish.
Vocalizations: 'spee spee'
Mockingbird, Northern @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Water Canyon Road.
Tanager, Western 1♂ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon
Sitting on the North Fork switchback between the end of the pavement and the Copper Canyon fork.

2005-07-11: NM: Magdalena Mts.

Notable:  Chihuahuan Raven
@Mag: Magdalena Mts.
Route Arrived at Water Canyon about 1100. Sat around for a few hours. Brief hike above the campground.
Nonbird wildlife included: Mule Deer doe; California Sister butterfly.
Woodpecker, Acorn 4 @Magdalena Mts.
Not far above the picnic tables.
Behavior: Four seen at once. One that seemed to have a lighter-colored bill was begging from another. Another was seen entering and leaving a nest cavity within sight of the campground loop.
Empidonax sp. @Magdalena Mts.
Description: Rather pale.
Raven, Chihuahuan @Magdalena Mts.
Description: Perched on the wire facing me and facing into the wind, it clearly displayed a nickel-sized white spot in its neck underfeathering. The light was from right angles; no way was this a highlight. Another pair went literally screaming around the campground.
Vocalizations: While circling the campground they screamed a long 'graaack'. Later I heard the characteristic 'rack-rack' calls, just like typical Hobbs birds.
Thrush, Hermit @Magdalena Mts.
Vocalizations: Heard song only.
Robin, American i @Magdalena Mts.
Canyon mouth.
Warbler, Virginia's 1 @Magdalena Mts.
Description: Yellow vent, undertail gray; full eyering; trace of red on crown; rest pale gray; bill straight, slightly thick.
Towhee, Spotted @Magdalena Mts.
Vocalizations: Heard only: 'year^2 wheeee', last part trilled.
Sparrow, Chipping @Magdalena Mts.
Right in the middle of the campground.
Sparrow, Lark @Magdalena Mts.
Finch, House @Magdalena Mts.
Siskin, Pine 3 @Magdalena Mts.
On one thistle plant, canyon mouth.

2005-07-13: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Dove, Mourning 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
On my feeder.
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1♂ @Socorro
Near the ISD building.

2005-07-17: NM: Socorro-Magdalenas

Notable:  Olive Warbler; Red-faced Warbler
@Lang: Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
@WC: Magdalenas: Water Canyon area
@WCFlats: Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road flats
@day: Socorro-Magdalenas
Route Fourth leg of my project to hike the entire Langmuir Lab road from Water Canyon to the lab gate in both directions. 0900, leave Socorro. 1020, start hiking up from Double Zero (335925.5n 1070911.7w), around 9000'. 1230-1255, lunch at the saddle around 9500' (335929.1n1070942.8w). 1425, back to car, drive down.
Today's mystery song: probably a warbler, transcribed as 'goochee^4'. Grace's Warbler?
"Blue" followed by a number refers to the new blue signs marking each culvert; I have good GPS fixes for all those signs. "mm" followed by a number refers to the green mile markers; the zero point is the junction of Water Canyon Road and US 60.
At the cattle tank halfway up the flat part of Water Canyon Road, there were lots of "instant frogs" (probably Spadefoot Toads or something similar). It rained pretty well here last night.
Butterflies included several California Sisters and at least two Double-tailed Swallowtails, well up the road.
Hawk, Red-tailed 
1a @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
1i @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Dove, Mourning 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon area
Woodpecker, Acorn 3 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon area GPS: 340146.5n 1070732.2w
In one tree together, below the campground.
Woodpecker, Hairy 1 @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road GPS: 335942.8n 1070923.2w
Near Barber Pole.
Phoebe, Say's i @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road flats
Description: Streakiness on the underplumage.
Shrike, Loggerhead 2 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road flats
Jay, Steller's 3 @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Blue sign #9.
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon area
raven sp. 10+ @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road flats
Cattle tank halfway up the road. Silent.
swallow sp. @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road flats
At a puddle halfway between US60 and the large cattle tank.
Swallow, Violet-green 1 @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Point Zero, where the Langmuir Road begins (and a fork to the left goes to an old mine).
Chickadee, Mountain # @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Nuthatch, Red-breasted # @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Vocalizations: Single 'yack' notes.
Pretty common up here today, starting at mm9.5.
Nuthatch, Pygmy # @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Bluebird, Western # @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Warbler, Olive 1[fide Jill Buckley] @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road GPS: 335938.6n 1070927.7w
Jill observed this bird just below Blue 55, near mm9.75, on the right side of the road (as you ascend) in a conifer.
Description: She described as having a large dark facial rectangle framed by a face whose color was intermediate between the yellow of the immature and the deep orange of the adult depicted in her field guide.
Warbler, Grace's 1 @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Warbler, Red-faced 1 @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Just below my turnaround at 9500', close to mm10.25. Observed at close range, about 10 yards, for at least two minutes.
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Below mm10.0.
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Sparrow, Lark 
1 @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Top of Sedillo Hill on US 60 (the long double-ess upgrade between Box Canyon and the Water Canyon Lodge).
# @Magdalenas: Water Canyon Road flats
Junco, Dark-eyed 1 @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Blue 36.
Junco, Gray-headed 1 @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Vocalizations: 'Tick' call.
Tanager, Western 1♀ @Magdalenas: Langmuir Lab road
Near mm9.75.
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1 @Magdalenas: Water Canyon area

2005-07-18: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Heron, Green @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Speare 119 office window list species #28; fly-by.

2005-07-24: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Tanager, Western ♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Speare 119 office window list species #29.
Behavior: Gaping: it's hot out there today.

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