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2005-08-02: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Phrynosoma cornutum, Texas Horned Toad, near my driveway anthill around 0920.

2005-08-07: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Route 1300, start hiking near the Tech driving range, hike north through Etscorn Observatory, the golf course, and the flood control dike to a point about 100 yards west of the flood channel's underpass under I-25. 1500, return by the same route. 1645, end.
Phrynosoma cornutum near the anthill at home, 1040.
Quail, Gambel's # @Socorro
Dove, Mourning # @Socorro
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Socorro
Kingbird, Western 1 @Socorro
Swallow, Cliff # @Socorro
Near I-25.
Swallow, Barn # @Socorro
Verdin 1 @Socorro
Vocalizations: 'snap'
Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Socorro
Sparrow, Lark # @Socorro
Sparrow, Black-throated 5+ @Socorro
Bathing at the water hazard near the NW corner of the golf course.

2005-08-09: NM: I-40: Albuquerque to Texas line

@ABQ-TX: I-40: Albuquerque to Texas line
Start of the Great 2005 Road Trip to a family reunion in Pittsburgh, PA. Most sightings on this trip were made at high speed on the interstates, while dodging construction zones, semitrucks, and torrential rain, except for all too few stops for actual birding.
Hawk, Red-tailed @I-40: Albuquerque to Texas line
raven sp. @I-40: Albuquerque to Texas line
meadowlark sp. @I-40: Albuquerque to Texas line
Grackle, Great-tailed @I-40: Albuquerque to Texas line

2005-08-09: TX: I-40: New Mexico to Oklahoma

@NM-OK: I-40: New Mexico to Oklahoma
Numerous road-killed armadillos.
Vulture, Turkey @I-40: New Mexico to Oklahoma
Hawk, Swainson's @I-40: New Mexico to Oklahoma
Pigeon, Rock @I-40: New Mexico to Oklahoma
Dove, Mourning @I-40: New Mexico to Oklahoma
Swallow, Cliff @I-40: New Mexico to Oklahoma
Swallow, Barn @I-40: New Mexico to Oklahoma
Grackle, Great-tailed @I-40: New Mexico to Oklahoma

2005-08-09: OK: Texas-OKC-Tulsa

@TX-Tulsa: Texas-OKC-Tulsa
Egret, Cattle 30+ @Texas-OKC-Tulsa
Near Sayre.
Vulture, Turkey @Texas-OKC-Tulsa
Harrier, Northern ϕ @Texas-OKC-Tulsa
Hawk, Red-tailed @Texas-OKC-Tulsa
Pigeon, Rock @Texas-OKC-Tulsa
Dove, Mourning @Texas-OKC-Tulsa
Kingbird, Western @Texas-OKC-Tulsa
Starling, European @Texas-OKC-Tulsa
meadowlark sp. @Texas-OKC-Tulsa

2005-08-10: OK: Tulsa-Missouri

@Tulsa-MO: Tulsa-Missouri
Goose, Canada  [uncountable] @Tulsa-Missouri
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed @Tulsa-Missouri

2005-08-10: MO: Oklahoma-Joplin-Rolla-Illinois

@OK-IL: Oklahoma-Joplin-Rolla-Illinois
Vulture, Turkey @Oklahoma-Joplin-Rolla-Illinois
Buteo sp. @Oklahoma-Joplin-Rolla-Illinois
Hawk, Red-tailed @Oklahoma-Joplin-Rolla-Illinois
Dove, Mourning @Oklahoma-Joplin-Rolla-Illinois
Jay, Blue @Oklahoma-Joplin-Rolla-Illinois
Crow, American @Oklahoma-Joplin-Rolla-Illinois
Robin, American @Oklahoma-Joplin-Rolla-Illinois
Starling, European @Oklahoma-Joplin-Rolla-Illinois

2005-08-10: IL: Missouri-Greenville

@day: Missouri-Greenville
Egret, Great @Missouri-Greenville
Pigeon, Rock @Missouri-Greenville
Nighthawk, Common @Missouri-Greenville
Vocalizations: 'dzee-erp'
Kingfisher, Belted @Missouri-Greenville

2005-08-11: IL: Greenville-Effingham-Indiana

@day: Greenville-Effingham-Indiana
Vulture, Turkey @Greenville-Effingham-Indiana
Pigeon, Rock @Greenville-Effingham-Indiana
Cardinal, Northern @Greenville-Effingham-Indiana

2005-08-11: IN: Illinois-Ohio

@day: Illinois-Ohio
Vulture, Turkey @Illinois-Ohio
Pigeon, Rock @Illinois-Ohio
Dove, Mourning @Illinois-Ohio

2005-08-11: OH: Illinois-Columbus

@day: Illinois-Columbus
Sparrow, House @Illinois-Columbus

2005-08-12: OH: Columbus-West Virginia

@day: Columbus-West Virginia
Vulture, Turkey @Columbus-West Virginia
Gull, Ring-billed # @Columbus-West Virginia
In a parking lot in Columbus.
Dove, Mourning @Columbus-West Virginia

2005-08-12: WV: Ohio-I70-Pennsylvania

@day: Ohio-I70-Pennsylvania
Duck, American Black @Ohio-I70-Pennsylvania
Mallard @Ohio-I70-Pennsylvania
Buteo sp. @Ohio-I70-Pennsylvania
Pigeon, Rock @Ohio-I70-Pennsylvania
Jay, Blue @Ohio-I70-Pennsylvania

2005-08-12: PA: West Virginia-Cranberry Twp.

@day: West Virginia-Cranberry Twp.
Vulture, Turkey @West Virginia-Cranberry Twp.

2005-08-13: PA: Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip

@Grnv: Greenville
@Warren: Warren
@day: Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Sizeable marmot seen in the Oakland Cemetery in Warren.
Goose, Canada  [uncountable] @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Countability of park geese is questionable.
Duck, American Black / Mallard @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Pigeon, Rock @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Dove, Mourning @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Hummingbird, Ruby-throated @Greenville
Jay, Blue @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Crow, American @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Swallow, Barn @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Chickadee, Black-capped @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Robin, American @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Waxwing, Cedar @Greenville
In my aunt's backyard, which although she has a Sibley guide and watches her feeder, she hadn't seen, possibly because it's not a feeder bird per se.
Cardinal, Northern @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Grackle, Common @Warren
Finch, House @Greenville
Goldfinch, American @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip
Sparrow, House @Cranberry Twp.-Warren round trip

2005-08-14: PA: Cranberry Twp.-Pittsburgh

@day: Cranberry Twp.-Pittsburgh
Jay, Blue @Cranberry Twp.-Pittsburgh
Crow, American @Cranberry Twp.-Pittsburgh
Cardinal, Northern @Cranberry Twp.-Pittsburgh
Sparrow, House @Cranberry Twp.-Pittsburgh

2005-08-15: PA: Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford

Notable:  Blackburnian Warbler
@Cook: Cook Forest SP
@day: Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford
Route Checked out of the Hampton Inn in Cranberry. Drove to Cook Forest. 1200, hiked through main camping area, took Corduroy Trail a short distance past its intersection with Camp Trail, then Camp Trail counterclockwise back to the car. The trails were pretty dead, but one small puddle between the parking lot and the Corduroy trailhead had a bunch of cooperative birds. 1435, drive to Bradford.
Observed a small sciurid. Its coloration, from spine to venter: black stripe down the spine; narrow gray zone; two black stripes closely spaced with a pale buff zone between them; flanks grading from gold to white on the venter.
Vulture, Turkey @Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford
Dove, Mourning @Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford
Flicker, Northern @Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford
Vireo, Blue-headed @Cook Forest SP
Jay, Blue @Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford
Crow, American @Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford
Swallow, Barn @Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford
Chickadee, Black-capped @Cook Forest SP
Creeper, Brown 2 @Cook Forest SP
Thrush, Swainson's @Cook Forest SP
Robin, American @Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford
Starling, European @Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford
Warbler, Blackburnian 2 @Cook Forest SP
Best bird of the whole vacation for me was a fairly lengthy look at a somewhat faded fall male.
Redstart, American 1 @Cook Forest SP
Sparrow, Chipping # @Cook Forest SP
Junco, Slate-colored # @Cook Forest SP
Grackle, Common @Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford
Sparrow, House @Cranberry Twp.-Cook Forest-Bradford

2005-08-16: PA: Bradford-Cook Forest-Ohio

@Brad: Bradford
@Cook: Cook Forest SP
@Cook-HQ: Cook Forest SP: headquarters
@Cook-Long: Cook Forest SP: Longfellow Trail
@Cook-Tom: Cook Forest SP: Tom's Run Road
@day: Bradford-Cook Forest-Ohio
Route Leave Bradford about midday. 1400, stop by the Clarion River near Cook Forest HQ. 1440, short hike north on Tom's Run Road, which was entirely dead (except for one junco). 1540, about as much of Longfellow Trail into the virgin forest as I could stagger up, probably a mile and a half or so. 1630, turnaround. 1715, back on the road.
Killdeer @Bradford-Cook Forest-Ohio
Dove, Mourning @Bradford-Cook Forest-Ohio
Jay, Blue 
@Bradford
@Cook Forest SP: Longfellow Trail
Swallow, Barn @Cook Forest SP
nuthatch sp. @Cook Forest SP: Longfellow Trail
Vocalizations: Series of single 'yank' calls, ~2/sec.
Robin, American @Cook Forest SP
Catbird, Gray @Cook Forest SP: headquarters
Starling, European @Bradford-Cook Forest-Ohio
Sparrow, Chipping @Cook Forest SP
Sparrow, White-throated @Cook Forest SP: headquarters
Junco, Slate-colored 
@Cook Forest SP: Tom's Run Road
@Cook Forest SP: Longfellow Trail
Sparrow, House @Bradford

2005-08-17: OH: Akron-Columbus-Cincinnati-Indiana

@day: Akron-Columbus-Cincinnati-Indiana
Vulture, Turkey @Akron-Columbus-Cincinnati-Indiana
Accipiter sp. @Akron-Columbus-Cincinnati-Indiana
Buteo sp. @Akron-Columbus-Cincinnati-Indiana
Hawk, Red-tailed @Akron-Columbus-Cincinnati-Indiana
Pigeon, Rock @Akron-Columbus-Cincinnati-Indiana
Dove, Mourning @Akron-Columbus-Cincinnati-Indiana
Crow, American @Akron-Columbus-Cincinnati-Indiana

2005-08-17: IN: Cincinnati area-Muscatatuck NWR

@Musc: Muscatatuck NWR
@Musc-Otter: Muscatatuck NWR: Otter Marsh
@day: Cincinnati area-Muscatatuck NWR
Route Arrived at Muscatatuck NWR about 1715. A quick walk around the loop right by the interpretive center, followed by driving all the major roads and stopping by a few ponds. 1925, leave the refuge. Gorgeous little spot, nicely maintained, and relatively deserted (both by people and by birds), which what the heck did I expect on a summer weekday late afternoon?
Film Start the day (and the entire trip---this was the first day I actually shot any pictures in the bird rig!) on frame 27. Frames 27, 28, at Muscatatuck, two American Crow butt-shots, insurance in case I never got any more opportunities. Fr. 29, Great Blue Heron at Lake Sheryl. [,32], Great Blue Heron.
One white-tailed deer near Lake Linda.
Goose, Canada 12+ @Muscatatuck NWR: Otter Marsh
Duck, Wood 20+ @Muscatatuck NWR: Otter Marsh
Duck, American Black 4 @Muscatatuck NWR
Display Pond.
Description: Pretty dark bodies and heads.
Mallard # @Muscatatuck NWR: Otter Marsh
Pintail, Northern @Muscatatuck NWR
Turkey, Wild 6+ @Muscatatuck NWR
Heron, Great Blue 3 @Muscatatuck NWR
Killdeer @Cincinnati area-Muscatatuck NWR
Town of Seymour.
Pigeon, Rock @Cincinnati area-Muscatatuck NWR
Dove, Mourning # @Muscatatuck NWR
Hummingbird, Ruby-throated @Muscatatuck NWR
Jay, Blue @Cincinnati area-Muscatatuck NWR
Crow, American 2 @Muscatatuck NWR
2005-08-17-0028
Only the second bird exposure of the whole trip.
Chickadee, Black-capped @Muscatatuck NWR
nuthatch sp. @Muscatatuck NWR
Vocalizations: Single 'yack' calls.
Wren, Carolina 1 @Muscatatuck NWR
Loop near interpretive center.
Best look I've ever had at this species---certainly the Socorro birds never gave me an even break. Loud 'teacher^{3-6}' calls.
Robin, American @Muscatatuck NWR
Catbird, Gray @Muscatatuck NWR
Starling, European 500+ @Cincinnati area-Muscatatuck NWR
Town of Seymour, in one large field near a tractor dealer.
Cardinal, Northern @Muscatatuck NWR
Finch, House # @Muscatatuck NWR
Goldfinch, American # @Muscatatuck NWR
Sparrow, House @Cincinnati area-Muscatatuck NWR

2005-08-18: IN: Vincennes-Illinois

@day: Vincennes-Illinois
Dove, Mourning @Vincennes-Illinois
Swallow, Barn @Vincennes-Illinois
Starling, European @Vincennes-Illinois
Cardinal, Northern @Vincennes-Illinois

2005-08-18: IL: US 50, Vincennes area-St. Louis

@day: US 50, Vincennes area-St. Louis
Kestrel, American @US 50, Vincennes area-St. Louis
Gull, Ring-billed @US 50, Vincennes area-St. Louis
Caryle.
Dove, Mourning @US 50, Vincennes area-St. Louis
Crow, American @US 50, Vincennes area-St. Louis
Swallow, Barn @US 50, Vincennes area-St. Louis
Starling, European @US 50, Vincennes area-St. Louis
Cardinal, Northern @US 50, Vincennes area-St. Louis
Grackle, Common @US 50, Vincennes area-St. Louis

2005-08-18: MO: St. Louis-Oklahoma

@day: St. Louis-Oklahoma
Vulture, Turkey @St. Louis-Oklahoma
Buteo sp. @St. Louis-Oklahoma
Pigeon, Rock @St. Louis-Oklahoma
Dove, Mourning @St. Louis-Oklahoma
Crow, American @St. Louis-Oklahoma

2005-08-18: OK: Joplin area-Oklahoma City

@day: Joplin area-Oklahoma City
Egret, Great @Joplin area-Oklahoma City
Egret, Cattle # @Joplin area-Oklahoma City
Kestrel, American @Joplin area-Oklahoma City
Starling, European @Joplin area-Oklahoma City

2005-08-19: OK: Oklahoma City-Texas

@day: Oklahoma City-Texas
Bobwhite, Northern @Oklahoma City-Texas
Egret, Cattle @Oklahoma City-Texas
In many places along this section of I-40 I encountered sizeable flocks of a few dozen birds.
Vulture, Turkey @Oklahoma City-Texas
Buteo sp. @Oklahoma City-Texas
Pigeon, Rock @Oklahoma City-Texas
Dove, Mourning @Oklahoma City-Texas
Kingbird, Western @Oklahoma City-Texas
Grackle, Great-tailed @Oklahoma City-Texas
Sparrow, House @Oklahoma City-Texas

2005-08-19: TX: Oklahoma-Amarillo-New Mexico

@day: Oklahoma-Amarillo-New Mexico
Vulture, Turkey @Oklahoma-Amarillo-New Mexico
Hawk, Red-tailed @Oklahoma-Amarillo-New Mexico
Dove, Mourning @Oklahoma-Amarillo-New Mexico
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed # @Oklahoma-Amarillo-New Mexico

2005-08-19: NM: Oklahoma-Albuquerque-Socorro

@day: Oklahoma-Albuquerque-Socorro
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Pronghorn seen near mm252 on I-40.
Vulture, Turkey @Oklahoma-Albuquerque-Socorro
Hawk, Swainson's @Oklahoma-Albuquerque-Socorro
Dove, Inca @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Hummingbird, Black-chinned @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Kingbird, Cassin's 2 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Kingbird, Western 3 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
raven sp. @Oklahoma-Albuquerque-Socorro
Swallow, Barn @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Grackle, Great-tailed @Oklahoma-Albuquerque-Socorro

2005-08-21: NM: Socorro-Bosque del Apache NWR

Notable:  Snow Goose; Wood Duck; Solitary Sandpiper; Crissal Thrasher
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@LL: Luis Lopez area/Oldenettel residence
@NM1-pond: Bosque del Apache: Pond visible from NM-1
@SAnt: San Antonio
@day: Socorro-Bosque del Apache NWR
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route 1150, leave Socorro. NM-1 to Jerry Oldenettel's place in Luis Lopez, then to the Bosque refuge. Worked the pond visible from NM-1 three times in hopes of seeing the reported White Ibis. Worked the Marsh Loop and the seasonal road. Left around 1700.
Film Started with an existing roll of VC-400 at frame 33. First exposures microdots of Solitary Sandpiper, then butterflies. Film change at 1330 to KR-64; that roll with more butterflies, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Pied-billed Grebe, Sora, Western Wood-Pewee, Blue Grosbeak, White-faced Ibis. At 1550 that roll finished. Camera rewind crank came apart at that point, so no new roll installed.
Goose, Snow 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Near junction of center road and end of Farm Loop.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Duck, Wood 1♀ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2005-08-21-0027
Pintail, Northern 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Green-Winged 4+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pheasant, Ring-necked 8+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
One tight group of six immatures. One of them had red parentheses over and under his eye.
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Plentiful and conspicuous.
Aechmophorus sp. 10 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: Including some half-grown immatures, mostly associating with the Clark's Grebes.
Grebe, Western 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grebe, Clark's 8+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Neotropic 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Heron, Great Blue 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Snowy 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Egret, Cattle 21 @Luis Lopez area/Oldenettel residence
On Farm-Market Road just E of Luis Lopez.
Heron, Green 2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced 90+ @Bosque del Apache: Pond visible from NM-1
All the ibis I saw today were in this one pond. A White Ibis was reported from here as recently as four days ago. I scoped the flock carefully several times. They all looked like White-faced Ibis to me.
Vulture, Turkey # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sora @Bosque del Apache NWR
Marsh Loop, stomping around in plain sight.
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Killdeer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Solitary 2 @Bosque del Apache: Pond visible from NM-1
Description: Larger than peep size; generally dark upperparts; underparts plain white; bold white eye-ring; bill slender, medium length; legs greenish-yellow.
2005-08-21-0025
Sandpiper, Least 1 @Bosque del Apache: Pond visible from NM-1
Gull, Ring-billed 1 @Bosque del Apache: Pond visible from NM-1
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @San Antonio
Dove, White-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Dove, Inca 2+ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Roadrunner, Greater 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hummingbird, Black-chinned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Bosque headquarters feeders.
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Wood-Pewee, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Empidonax sp. 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Luis Lopez area/Oldenettel residence
Kingbird, Western # @Socorro-Bosque del Apache NWR
raven sp. # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Tree 10+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2005-08-21-0032
The photo shows Tree, Barn, Cliff, and Northern Rough-winged swallows perched in the bare trees at the east of the center road.
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged 40+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Bank 20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
2005-08-21-00122005-08-21-0014
Swallow, Cliff # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Swallow, Barn # @Bosque del Apache NWR
The 'old rookery', just south of the center road where it joins the east side of the loop, was swarming with hundreds of assorted swallows. With more on and around the Boardwalk, maybe 1000 all told. About 2/3 were Barn, most of the rest Cliff. Photos.
thrasher sp. @Bosque del Apache NWR
Seen on the Seasonal Road. Long tail, plain brown upperparts.
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Crissal 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Just west of the restrooms at refuge headquarters. Lavish and heavily decurved bill; brick-red vent.
Sparrow, Lark # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grosbeak, Blue # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Blackbird, Red-winged 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Very washed-out female.
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House # @Bosque del Apache NWR

2005-08-25: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Wilson's @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Species #30 on the Speare 119 office window list. Odd that I never saw a single one last spring.

2005-08-30: NM: Socorro: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Vireo, Warbling @Socorro: New Mexico Tech
Description: A distinct yellow cast to the flanks. Otherwise shades of gray, with a pale superciliary stripe.
Species #31 on the Speare 119 office window list.

2005-08-31: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

Notable:  Cassin's Kingbird
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Kingbird, Cassin's 15+ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
A big group in the mulberry tree in front of 601 Fitch near dusk.
Kingbird, Western 6+ @Socorro: 507 Fitch

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