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2006-04-04: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Audubon's ♂ @New Mexico Tech
Description: Alternate plumage.

2006-04-05: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Walk around campus.
Wigeon, American 
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
50+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Redhead 
2♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Duck, Ring-necked @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
1♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
2♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
3♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
2♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Duck, Ruddy 1♀ @New Mexico Tech
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Coot, American 
35+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
8+ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Collared-Dove, Eurasian 3 @New Mexico Tech
Dove, White-winged 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Kingfisher, Belted 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Phoebe, Black 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
raven sp. 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Swallow, Barn # @New Mexico Tech
Sparrow, Brewer's 1 @New Mexico Tech
Goad Road.
Sparrow, Black-throated 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Vocalizations: Singing.
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake

2006-04-08: NM: San Antonio

@SAnt: San Antonio
Kingbird, Western @San Antonio
My first of the year.

2006-04-09: NM: Socorro

@Hole16: New Mexico Tech: 16th Hole ponds
@Soc: Socorro
@TBay: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
@Terry: Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route Walk around campus.
Near the 16th hole, I found what was an early, small Easter egg. But it was a real egg in robin's-egg blue, probably a robin's egg.
Wigeon, American # @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Redhead 
2♂ @New Mexico Tech: 16th Hole ponds
1♀ @New Mexico Tech: 16th Hole ponds
3♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
2♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Duck, Ring-necked 
4♂ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
2♀ @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
7 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Duck, Ruddy 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Grebe, Pied-billed 1 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Socorro
Coot, American 
~40 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
# @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Killdeer 1 @New Mexico Tech: 16th Hole ponds
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @New Mexico Tech: 16th Hole ponds
Dove, White-winged # @New Mexico Tech: 16th Hole ponds
Woodpecker, Ladder-backed ♂ @New Mexico Tech: 16th Hole ponds
Phoebe, Black 2 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Turtle Bay
Wren, Rock 2 @Socorro
Boulders just west of the new Fine Arts buildings.
Vocalizations: 'pi-KEEN', as in 'chile piquin'.
A teacher who teaches frequently in this building says these birds have tried to nest here frequently over the last several years. They tend to pick a site around the south patio, but then give up when the Metal Arts students are out there on weekends pounding on things for a few hours.
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned @Socorro
Near 17th tee.
Warbler, Audubon's ♂ @Socorro
South side of Tech Gym.
Description: Alternate plumage.
Sparrow, Chipping 
20+ @Socorro
Near the golf course pro shop.
10+ @Socorro
South side of Tech Gym.
Sparrow, Brewer's 3 @Socorro: New Mexico Tech: Terry Lake
Sparrow, Black-throated ? @Socorro
Vocalizations: Singing.
Junco, Gray-headed 1 @Socorro
South side of Tech Gym.
Siskin, Pine 
# @Socorro
Near Willow Springs (formerly Family Student Housing).
2 @Socorro
South side of Tech Gym.
Behavior: Eating elm seeds.
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Socorro

2006-04-15: NM: San Acacia

Notable:  Crested Caracara
@SAca: San Acacia
Route About an hour before sunset, I got an e-mail that made me drop everything and drive immediately to the San Acacia exit off I-25 and scan the fields there. Bingo, with the last bit of direct light! No pictures would have been possible.
Caracara, Crested @San Acacia
From Socorro, take I-25 north to exit 163, San Acacia. Head east toward San Acacia, then immediately turn left on the paved frontage road going north. Proceed to the last alfalfa field on the east side. The bird was perched in a big leafless tree on the north side of that field.

2006-04-16: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Route Quick look at The Diagonal, a road that diverges from Hope Farms Road just north of the cattle pens and angles off southwest to join the Low Flow Channel.
Dove, Mourning # @Socorro
Kingbird, Western # @Socorro
Sparrow, Brewer's # @Socorro
Blackbird, Brewer's # @Socorro

2006-04-19: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Sparrow, Brewer's @New Mexico Tech
Description: Weak facial coloring, thin black streaking on brown crown, short bill.
Species #38 on the Speare 119 office window list, in the big salt cedar.

2006-04-20: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Audubon's 1 @New Mexico Tech
Near Weir Hall.

2006-04-21: NM: Albuquerque

@ABQ: Albuquerque
Scrub-Jay, Western 1 @Albuquerque
Urban jay, near Tulane x Garfield.

2006-04-23: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, Audubon's 1♂ @New Mexico Tech
Description: Full alternate plumage.

2006-04-26: NM: Socorro: 507 Fitch

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

2006-04-27: NM: New Mexico Tech

@NMT: New Mexico Tech
Warbler, MacGillivray's @New Mexico Tech
Species #39 for the Speare 119 office window list, crawling through the upper reaches of the big salt cedar.

2006-04-29: NM: Socorro

@Soc: Socorro
Phainopepla 1 @Socorro
Memory Lane.

2006-04-30: NM: Socorro County

Notable:  Hudsonian Godwit
@BdA: Bosque del Apache NWR
@SocCo: Socorro County
@home: Socorro: 507 Fitch
Route 1100, leave Socorro, head for the refuge. Center road to seasonal road. Walked the west-east leg of the seasonal road twice; the larger trees of this stretch were fairly active with migrants today. Completed the Farm Loop; worked Marsh Loop; left around 1600.
Film F3 body had a roll of VC-400 loaded 2006-02-04 13:50, but there were no shots on it. Removed at 1110, new roll of Kodak UC, EI 100 print film. Finished at 1515; loaded new roll of VC-400, shots through [,14].
Goose, Snow 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Near the south end of the Marsh Loop, with a few Canada Geese.
2006-04-30a0012
Looked a bit scraggly and dirty.
Goose, Canada # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Breeding: Pair with four small goslings, about 5" long.
Gadwall # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Mallard # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Blue-winged 2+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Cinnamon 6+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Shoveler, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pintail, Northern # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Teal, Green-Winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Redhead 2♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Boardwalk pond.
Duck, Ruddy # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Quail, Gambel's 1 @Socorro: 507 Fitch
Pheasant, Ring-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Description: White-winged form, no neck ring visible.
Grebe, Pied-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Behavior: Grunting displays.
Grebe, Eared ? @Bosque del Apache NWR
Norton Blind.
Description: Distant and mostly underwater, I saw what appeared to be a small grebe with entirely black neck and some blonde feathering around the head.
Grebe, Western 2+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Boardwalk pond.
Grebe, Clark's 1+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Boardwalk pond.
2006-04-30a0006
Cormorant, Neotropic 20+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Cormorant, Double-crested 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Boardwalk pond.
Description: Several photos of this bird perched on a snag immediately adjacent to a Neotropic. The larger head and overall size were quite apparent. The rear margin of the gular pouch curved gently down to the throat, markedly different than the pointed rear margin of the Neotropics.
2006-04-30-0035
Heron, Great Blue 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Standing on a nest platform inside the Marsh Loop.
2006-04-30-0034
Egret, Snowy 5+ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Ibis, White-faced # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vulture, Turkey # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Harrier, Northern 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kestrel, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sora # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: Heard only; whinny call.
Coot, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Stilt, Black-necked # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Avocet, American # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sandpiper, Spotted 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Curlew, Long-billed 5 @Bosque del Apache NWR
From seasonal road.
2006-04-30-0014
Godwit, Hudsonian @Bosque del Apache NWR
Seen from the first leg of the seasonal road. Not terribly close to the road, either.
Description: I was expecting something more like the size of a Marbled Godwit, but this bird's overall size was pretty much the same as the nearby dowitchers. Distinguished from dowitcher by: longer bill, noticeably decurved, the basal 5/8 of its length a pinkish horn color, the distal part black; breast a deep rufous color; face and head whitish except for a dark superciliary line.
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Raison d'etre for this trip, as I read an e-mail mentioning this bird around 8am.
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phalarope, Wilson's # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pigeon, Rock # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Farms near San Antonio.
Collared-Dove, Eurasian # @Bosque del Apache NWR
San Antonio "downtown" area.
Dove, White-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Fairly common on the refuge.
Dove, Mourning # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Commonest dove on the refuge loop.
Roadrunner, Greater # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Hummingbird, Black-chinned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Phoebe, Black # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Kingbird, Western # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Raven, Chihuahuan # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Vocalizations: By 'rack' call.
Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray 1-2 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Eastbound leg of the seasonal road.
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Mockingbird, Northern 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Pipit, American 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Warbler, Virginia's 1? @Bosque del Apache NWR
Seasonal road, eastbound leg, midpoint.
Description: I did not see this bird extremely well, but I did see a bird that was generally gray except for a yellow patch around the vent, with a prominent complete white eyering. Jerry Oldenettel said he'd seen a couple of Nashvilles here earlier, and I couldn't completely rule that out, as I didn't see the upperparts too well. The photo is probably of this bird.
2006-04-30-0018
Warbler, Yellow-rumped # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Warbler, Townsend's 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Seasonal road, eastbound leg, east end.
2006-04-30-0017
Warbler, Wilson's 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Sparrow, Lark 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Seasonal road, eastbound leg, high in a cottonwood.
Sparrow, White-crowned # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Tanager, Summer # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grosbeak, Black-headed 1♂ @Bosque del Apache NWR
Seasonal road, eastbound leg. First of the year for me.
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Meadowlark, Western 1 @Bosque del Apache NWR
Grackle, Great-tailed # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Finch, House # @Bosque del Apache NWR
Goldfinch, Lesser # @Bosque del Apache NWR

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