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2005-12-14: NM: Socorro

Notable:  White-throated Sparrow
@Soc: Socorro
Sparrow, White-throated 2 @Socorro
In the flowerbed on the northeast corner of Socorro Springs Brewery.
Description: Yellow headlights, white throat patch.

2005-12-28: NM: Socorro

@FH: Socorro: Faculty Hill
@GC: Socorro: Tech Golf Course
@Jones: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Jones Hall
@Soc: Socorro
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route 1020, walk from home around campus.
domestic goose sp. 4 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Description: Two dark, two white.
domestic duck sp. # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Wigeon, American 
# @Socorro: Tech Golf Course
Behavior: Grazing on fairways.
200+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
80+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Canvasback 9 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Redhead 42 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked 
51 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
10 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Scaup, Lesser 1♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Quail, Gambel's 20+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Grebe, Pied-billed 3 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1a♂ @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Behavior: With prey item in talons.
Coot, American 
42 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
16+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Pigeon, Rock # @Socorro: Tech Golf Course
Near Campus Police.
Dove, White-winged # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Phoebe, Say's 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Jones Hall
Shrike, Loggerhead 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Crow, American # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Raven, Chihuahuan 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Vocalizations: By 'rack' call.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Robin, American # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Thrasher, Curve-billed 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Vocalizations: Subsong in orchard.
Starling, European 40+ @Socorro: Faculty Hill
Behavior: All in one tight flock.
Warbler, Yellow-rumped 4 @Socorro
Near Fullingim statues SW of Speare Hall.
Junco, Gray-headed 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Jones Hall
Junco, Oregon 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Jones Hall
Junco, Pink-sided 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Jones Hall
Finch, House # @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Sparrow, House # @Socorro: 507 Fitch

2005-12-29: NM: New Mexico Tech

Notable:  Hutton's Vireo
@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Vireo, Hutton's @New Mexico Tech
Species #36 on my office window list (Speare 119).
Description: Compared to kinglets: slower-moving; chunkier build; bill heavier, both mandibles dark gray, upper mandible slightly hooked; legs light gray; pale secondary edges touch lower wingbar.
Studied at 10-yard range for 15 minutes through 8x binoculars.

2005-12-31: NM: Caballo Christmas Bird Count

@Arrey: Arrey area
Includes all territory west of NM-187 from its junction with I-25 through the village of Arrey, and south and west to the circle boundary.
@CBC: Caballo Christmas Bird Count
@PWHA: Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
The fenced area immediately north of Percha State Park and just east of the Percha entrance road.
@Rio: Rio Grande
A short section of the river above Percha Dam.
@lake: Caballo Reservoir
Route 0655: By foot, 0.6 miles: south end and southeast corner of PWHA and adjacent rio. 0757: By car, trip odo 0.0 to 5.0: Percha entrance road. 0849: By foot, 1.5 miles: PWHA center area including the Ash Grove. 1104: By car, trip odo 5.0 to 37.0: Percha entrance road, Percha Flats above the dam, lower half of Caballo Reservoir from Percha Flats and Caballo SP. Left Percha SP about 1340. 1503: End.
Effort: 3.28 hours and 2.1 miles by foot, 4.85 hours and 37.0 miles by car, 8.13 hours and 39.1 miles total.
This covers only records taken as part of an official CBC party. See the separate page below for records not involving the official CBC effort.
Wigeon, American 9 @Caballo Reservoir
Teal, American Green-winged 24 @Rio Grande
Merganser, Common 1500 @Caballo Reservoir
Well out into the north end of the lake; one large flock barely visible in my scope at 50x from the north end of Caballo SP. Very likely also seen by the party working the north end, according to Ketchum (who told me he estimated the flock at 1800).
Quail, Gambel's 22 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Grebe, Pied-billed 3 @Caballo Reservoir
Aechmophorus sp. 122 @Caballo Reservoir
Grebe, Western 1 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
cormorant sp. 122 @Caballo Reservoir
Except for two closer in, I'd never have seen the rest of these if I hadn't been looking at the big merganser flock just as it flushed, leaving me with a good look at an awful lot of cormorant heads and necks sticking out of the water where they had been.
Cormorant, Neotropic 2 @Caballo Reservoir
Near Caballo Dam.
Cormorant, Double-crested 1 @Caballo Reservoir
Near Caballo Dam.
Pelican, American White 1 @Caballo Reservoir
There were several dozen white blobs way out at the north end of the lake that I couldn't resolve. For as well as I saw them they could be Snow Geese. However, one bird was close enough to discern its bill in the scope.
Heron, Great Blue 2 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Hawk, Red-tailed 2 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Description: Includes one dark-phase bird west of the Percha entrance road.
Kestrel, American 3 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Coot, American 1 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Crane, Sandhill 38 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Killdeer 4 @Rio Grande
Sandpiper, Spotted 2 @Rio Grande
Dowitcher, Long-billed 1 @Rio Grande
Just above Percha Dam.
Gull, Ring-billed 343 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
200 of these were headed for Carl's area just after dawn and may duplicate his records.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 6 @Arrey area
Dove, White-winged 10 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Dove, Mourning 12 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Roadrunner, Greater 3 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed 3 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Flicker, Northern 1 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Phoebe, Say's 5 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
raven sp. 12 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Crow, American 1 @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Vocalizations: Calling.
Raven, Chihuahuan 3 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Vocalizations: "Rack" call.
Lark, Horned 20 @Arrey area
Verdin 1 @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Behavior: Responded strongly to my Official Audubon Squeaker.
Wren, Bewick's 2 @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned 3 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Starling, European 1 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Phainopepla 1 @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Close to the fence north of the dam.
Vocalizations: Liquid 'whit' call like the ones I've been hearing all summer in Socorro. Heard only.
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Towhee, Spotted 1 @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Sparrow, Chipping 2 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Sparrow, Song 8 @Percha Wildlife Habitat Area
Sparrow, White-crowned 50 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Junco, Dark-eyed 1 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Junco, Oregon 1 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
meadowlark sp. 5 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
I have no idea if Eastern is possible here. If it's unlikely, these are probably Westerns.
Meadowlark, Western 1 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Grackle, Great-tailed 19 @Arrey area
Finch, House 12 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Goldfinch, American 3 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count
Sparrow, House 11 @Caballo Christmas Bird Count

2005-12-31: NM: Sierra County

@PSP: Percha State Park
@Sierra: Sierra County
This section covers only records that were not part of the official CBC effort. These were "poached" in Carl Lundblad's territory, Percha State Park.
Film Started the day on frame 27 of a roll of VC-400. [27], Song Sparrow. Rest mainly closeups of Chipping Sparrows. At 1120, changed to another roll of VC-400. [1] error. [2,3] Bullock's Oriole.
Creeper, Brown 1 @Percha State Park
Seen in Carl's area, at the north end of the park.
Pyrrhuloxia 1 @Percha State Park
Vocalizations: Heard only; singing just after dawn.
Oriole, Bullock's 1♂ @Percha State Park
Just above the feeder at the northwest corner of the park. Took two frames that will not be great pictures but should prove the bird was here.

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